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Alex Lloyd The first day of my PhD had come with a lot of anticipation. Having received my offer to study at Royal Holloway, University of London some months prior, I had been waiting for my start date with nervous excitement. For those who haven’t visited (which I highly recommend) the University campus is situated on Egham Hill, surrounded by greenery and overlooked by the impressive Founder’s building. I arrived with time to spare before
I feel privileged to be asked to write this blog to offer advice to research students at Masters and PhD level. Research is something I am passionate about and I see myself as a qualitative researcher who also has great respect for those who prefer quantitative methods. Hopefully the advice I offer will be useful to both schools and those from a pluralistic background. The first piece of advice I would offer is that you
“What kind of psychologist are you?”, asked the head of the interview panel. A year or so into my first academic job, in Glasgow, I had applied for a job back down South. “Well,” I offered, “my research is a little bit developmental, some social, a dash of forensic, there are educational aspects…” He stopped me. “No… I mean what journal do you have on your shelves, what conference do you go to?” That was
Have you ever considered joining a committee but hesitated about applying because you were unsure whether you were suitable? Or Are you currently on a committee but unsure whether to apply for that additional role? If your answer to either of those questions is yes, then look no further as this blog aims to describe my previous experience being part of a committee and my role as Chair of the Psychology Postgraduate Affairs Group (PsyPAG).
January 2019 will mark my 2nd PhD Viva-versary. 2 years since the stress of being grilled on my PhD by two examiners. Two years since the celebrations. This December, I’ve been invited to be a keynote at the BPS Careers in Psychology event in London, speaking to undergraduate and postgraduate students about my psychology career so far. The opportunity to present at this exciting event and write a ‘Dear Undergraduate Me’ piece for The Psychologist