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.

How Can You Develop Your Role as an Evolving Researcher?

In this chapter, we will consider how to:

  • Become increasingly aware of how you are likely to change during the course of your doctorate
  • Enhance your productivity throughout different stages
  • Understand the dynamic nature of the supervisor–researcher relationship
  • Maintain a healthy research–life balance
  • Plan and prepare for the unexpected
  • Develop your professional voice
  • Maintain drive and enthusiasm throughout the entire doctorate

In Chapter 2 we discussed how you can best get your doctorate off to a good start. Assuming you have now made a good start, we want to look at how to ensure you maintain this momentum throughout all the various stages of your research journey. The doctorate is a long-term commitment. Depending on your programme, your mode of study and ...

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