Do you want to thrive in your doctoral research? Do you want to do more than just survive? If so this is the book for you. Focused on empowering the doctoral researcher, it is packed with advice on how to make the best of opportunities and enjoy your research experience while dealing with challenges. Whether you need to find sources of constructive feedback, are facing an unexpected disturbance to your project, or have ambitions beyond your academic goals, this book provides practical, flexible tips for conducting effective research and engaging with the complex world of academia, including how to: • Maintain momentum through each stage of the research process • Make the most of available resources, training, and support • Explore new technologies, networks, and dissemination strategies • Maximize the value of assessment • Use this project as a springboard into further research and career opportunities Acknowledging that every doctoral experience is unique, this book goes beyond a script for success and instead offers a full studio of flexible, creative tools and adaptable action points that equip you to compose your own distinctive story of research success.

Prologue: Who Will Benefit from the Book and Why

Who is this book for?

This book has been produced in response to the profound changes that have taken place in the research community in recent years. The three main authors and our guest chapter author share a passion for supporting the work of researchers, especially doctoral and early career researchers. We have all worked for many years in various capacities to further that ambition, and in so doing have learnt much from researchers about what they find helpful and what they find challenging. We have also witnessed tumultuous change in doctoral education over the last fifteen years or so, including increasing diversity of doctoral candidates, types and titles of doctoral degrees, and the nature and scope ...

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