How to Keep your Doctorate on Track
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How to Keep your Doctorate on Track

Insights from Students’ and Supervisors’ Experiences

Edited by Keith Townsend, Mark N.K. Saunders, Rebecca Loudoun and Emily A. Morrison

The path of a doctoral student can feel challenging and isolating. This guide provides doctoral students with key ideas and support to kick-start a doctoral journey, inspire progress and complete their thesis or dissertation. Featuring observations from experienced supervisors, as well as the reflections of current and recent postgraduate researchers, this intimate and entertaining book offers vital insights into the critical moments in any doctoral experience.
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Chapter 26: But I am just going home: research ethics and student safety

Safa Riaz


Without doubt, doing a doctorate involves a rollercoaster of feelings. One minute, you feel like things are going great and everything is smooth; the following minute, you find yourself afloat in incomplete drafts, looming due dates, fretful evenings and a miserable life! There is such an enormous amount occurring all at once and some of the time we are simply agonizing over a ton of things to do yet not doing anything at all aside from stressing. We have all been there. At the end of 12 months in the program, we must submit a confirmation milestone – a 45 minutes presentation and 60 pages of literature, methods and timelines. I was successfully confirmed and ready to begin data collection from my country, Pakistan. My plan was to stay there for at least four months. Being an international student, getting an opportunity to visit home is a treat.

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