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 51: Networking with academics to solve your PhD puzzle

Adam Robertson


Doctoral students engaged in the process of becoming a knowledge expert and doing something new, novel, and exciting may end up in a research area that is a little outside the primary expertise of their supervision team. When supervisors fall short, it’s time to find other academics who can help fill in the blanks of the PhD puzzle – and today it’s easier than ever to network with academics to succeed in your PhD. For example, students may benefit from using Google Scholar or from becoming a member of any number of online spaces used by academics to interact and connect. This chapter will help PhD students prepare for real-life conversations, break down their internal barriers to networking, and get value from their encounters. It also provides advice on how to foster ongoing relationships with your network, before ending with a few key lessons aimed to help PhD students engage and network effectively with academics.

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