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 Relationships Be Developed to Enable Constructive Feedback and Support?

In this chapter, we will consider how to:

  • Establish yourself in the academic community
  • Develop awareness and sensitivity
  • Work well with your supervisors
  • Use criticism effectively
  • Build other supportive relationships
  • Deal with less supportive situations
  • Manage your emotions to good effect
  • Become an authority with authority
  • Recognise how modes of study and discipline interact with these issues

This chapter will build on the advice we gave in Chapter 2, which encouraged you to start building good habits and relationships during your first 100 days as a doctoral researcher. We will refer to specific points as they become relevant to this part of our guidance on how to make the most of the opportunities provided by contact with other people during your doctoral studies.

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