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this thread sums up #academia so well. i hated so much of it, but kept telling myself the 10 % i love (the research) made up for the 90 % of shit the majority of the time.

i delayed leaving because of that 10 %.

#AcademicTwitter #phdchat #ucuRISING
leaving required a sort of mourning (appreciate this sounds dramatic); i was losing my identity as an academic

my skills and knowledge are so specialised who would even want me anyway?

why would i even want to lose what i have? i have academic freedom after all!!
then my planned redundancy went ahead even though we were eligible for furlough. my next plans (to go to Sweden) fell through because of the plague.

there were no jobs. i stopped being an academic by force. i thought i'd be miserable.
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Dont fall for divisive tactics painting #academia as an ivory tower job.

The reality for many is similar struggles to any highly casualised sector

#UCURising #AcademicTwitter
Yes there are perks working in academia, and it can be a cushy job, but guess who hogs those?

Hint: the predominantly white abled upper middle class older guys
The kinda people who think they can relate cos they "did some teaching during my PhD too" (near verbatim words from ex @UniofBath VC to me when discussing casualisation in a meeting with her)
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Writing a literature review is not rocket science. Most scholars just don’t know where to start 🚀

Here’re four tools that will help you turn a literature review into an enjoyable process:

#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #phdvoice #phd #phdchat #litreview
🔺 shows you all the articles on your topic and cross-citation. Search using keywords, DOI, titles, and authors to visualize your field of interest
🔺 comprehensively maps your research topic by 1) showing the main research streams within it, 2) identifying all relevant concepts and terms, and 3) clustering similar articles to make learning easier. It's a must!
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It’s that time of the year🎃when students are deciding if to apply for #PhDpositions👻

Even though #Academia is far from perfect:doing a #PhD is valuable.

It develops unique & important skills that will stay with you forever

These PhD skills are totally☹️not discussed enough👇 Image
1. Ability to work interdependently🔁(independently & with others).

Doing a PhD requires individual planning, as well as collaborating and working within teams. The ability to dive really deep into both these areas *simultaneously* is one of the defining features of a PhD.
2. Self-motivation & drive

Doing a PhD can also be hard & frustrating😮‍💨. You'll sometimes find yourself working alone, with no clear goals on the project, and no end in sight.

Making it work somehow nurtures your ability to motivate yourself when faced with hard situations.
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Failed to find an image for your academic presentation here? I'll show you how AI can draw your wildest fantasies 🤖🧵

#AcademicTwitter #academicpresentation #phdlife #phd #AI #presentationdesign @PhDVoice @firstphdchat
🥇 is so far the best AI image generator I’ve seen. You can select the theme, style, and size of the output image

Look at the “cat in a funny hat studies marketing” and “horse is writing an academic paper with her supervisor”! ImageImage
🥈 works faster than imgcreator but is not always 100% fit (am I the only one counting legs of the "horse supervisor"?) ImageImage
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If you’re considering an academic career, here’s how it works: #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter

Through a highly competitive process you might be lucky enough to be accepted into a #PhD program where you earn something similar to the minimum wage.
In that time you’re expected to do world class research to boost the profile of your supervisor and university. There are regular assessments to ensure you’re on track in living up to these expectations.
You don’t enjoy the workplace protections or rights that the academics do though, since you’re not categorised as an employee and can far more easily be dumped. There’s a good chance your mental health will decline. #AcademicMentalHealth #PhDVoice
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Interested in 𝘩𝘰𝘸 & 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 science advisers learn? A thread on my #PhD findings - looking at the learning journeys of UK science advisers 🧵👇🏻. /1

Science advisers learn on the job. Nothing has quite prepared them for the delicate balancing act that is being a science adviser⚖️(whether formal or informal roles). They have to simultaneously meet the expectations and standards of both academic and policy colleagues. /2
Advisers are regularly taken aback by how different the policy world🌍turns out to be, compared to the academic world🪐they are used to. This includes their respective professional values, norms, practices and so on. /3 Image
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It's #DEVORUM15 day! For our 15th annual research forum, we have some awesome talks on Auckland's hazardscape coming up today and tomorrow. The whole event was planned in conjunction with @ResilienceRNC. Get hyped!

#DEVORUM15 kicked off with a karakia by Kelvin Tapuke and welcomes by David Johnston, Jan Lindsay, and @nzfossils
First talk: review of major hazard events in Auckland. We need to look at the past to explore lived experiences during these events. ImageImageImage
@nzfossils Biggest past hazard events impacting #Auckland:
1891: earthquake
1936: cyclone/flooding
2012: tornado
1996: Ash fall
1868: tsunami Image
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The lies 2020:

Don’t Panic, we go for #herdimmunity, #children can’t spread it and won’t be harmed

What was really
And use #schools as a tap for controlled spread. No transparency, no testing no mask

Lets spread the lie that mask simply don’t work

Here #polarisation starts driven by misinformation and intransparancy by your government. Everybody could see that the measures were nog in line with urgency.

What were they hiding? Why no #zerorisk #zerocovid with borders closed. It could be done

2020: wait we know this will
Lead to many many deaths but the #vaccin is almost here, working hard, we know the #SPIKE is a big thing, hold on #Hopium being built.

Meanwhile lets keep up the lie of children not important to monitor😢 we know from SARS they build less #antibodies lets presume they just not
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1/ For the no Italian speaking community: this week at the @EU_Commission had the pleasure to talk to Commissioner @GabrielMariya about education, research, innovation and much more. In this #Thread I want to report my experience and the nice exchange of ideas I had with her. Image
2/ What did I say?

That we need European guidelines to monitor and define PhD programmes and the figure of PhDs in the academic system. To date there is no definition of a PhD student at European level. #SciencePolicy #PhD #AcademicTwitter
3/ This implies that in some states PhDs are full-fledged workers, have maternity leave, sick leave, pay contributions... while in others they are equivalent to students on a scholarship. But the discrepancies do not stop there. #PhD #AcademicChatter
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1/ Come sapete questa settimana sono stata alla @EU_Commission per parlare con la Commissaria @GabrielMariya di educazione, ricerca, innovazione e molto altro. In questo #Thread voglio riportarvi la mia esperienza e il bello scambio di parole che ho avuto con lei. #SciencePolicy
2/ Ammetto che ero emozionata come mai. D’altronde mica capita tutti i giorni di parlare ad una commissaria. Nonostante i giorni di preparazione, l’ansia ha giocato un piccolo scherzo. Mi sono inceppata! Ma è giusto così. La scienza mi ha insegnato ad imparare dai propri errori.
3/ L’inglese non è la mia lingua madre, ero davanti ad una donna con una carica politica altissima e volevo dire qualcosa che tengo a cuore. Era il mio primo evento politico e ho ancora molto da imparare. Questa volta ho imparato che la preparazione non è mai abbastanza.
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As a Zapotec Professor, born and raised in Koreatown, I am appalled to hear LA City Council members blatant racial attacks. Many of us Indigenous Oaxacans, however, are not surprised to hear this racial violence from non-Indigenous Latinx and Mexicans! It happens EVERYDAY!
I began my research on Indigenous Oaxacan experiences in the US because of my family's and my pueblos (not "villages") transnational autonomous practices across #LosAngeles & #Oaxaca. I concentrate on women and children precisely because of the racial violence we have
endured by Latinx & non-Indigenous mestizo Mexicans, yet that remains invisible by most. Being called "Pinche India fea!," "India Maria Baja del cerro"... and the number of spitts from my Latinx peers growing up attending #LAUSD from elementary to h.s.
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If you know me in-person, you know I'm one of the most hyper-organized people you've ever known. Multiple people have asked me about my system b/c it's the only thing saving me as #newPI & I wish I had had it during my #phd, so here it is in embarrassing detail. 1/n
WALK away if you're a more "go with the flow person". Seriously, do not keep reading. Here we go:
Sheet 1 - Funding Sheet. Identify & Organize all grants/fellowships/funding opportunities, including deadlines, amounts & links. I do this my first month on any job... 2/n A black & White document th...
and I add to it as I hear about other opportunities. The Funding sheet is organized by 'year I plan to apply' & when an application is completed, I change the font color to Gray. 3/n
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As I am about to start the 2nd year of my PhD I thought it may be helpful to create a short thread of hints and tips for any incoming PhDs. I'm doing a PhD in Education but hopefully, this will be useful to other subject areas too! 🧵
1. Get a diary – note down every webinar, event, conference, or training course that you attend. This will help when it comes to annual review time but it’s also nice to reflect on how far you have come at the end of the year
2. Present at at least one conference – it can be a small internal PGR event, or a larger event if you feel more comfortable. Either way, presenting at conferences is a great way to build confidence and get feedback on your work.
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Summaries, a summary 🧵
Start. Identify your summary's position in the audience's context.
So who is the summary for?
Your grandma? Start with a relatable story about the issue.
The funder? Provide metrics or evaluation on why it matters.
Start relevant and familiar
🏁🚗🚙🏎️ /1
Use language the person you're speaking or writing to can understand. If there's a technical term explain it in a simple way before launching into the detail.
Avoid acronyms
H2O ➡️ 💧 ↗️🌧️ /2
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Some useful google chrome extensions for research students.

A 🧶

@OpenAcademics @ThePhDPlace #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #PhD #scicomm
1. @weavatools: It lets you highlight, annotate, and organize text from any website, or paper and saves it in a folder. You can then share the folder with your collaborator and also upload PDFs from your computer. All your important quotes, results, and methods stay in one place.
2. Open Access Button: This extension searches many sources to find you instant access to articles.
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Top 5 tools that I used during my #PhD and continue to use throughout my early #research career.

A thread 🧵:

@OpenAcademics @PhDVoice @PostdocVoice #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter

If you have tools you find helpful I'm always looking for new ways to improve my workflow 👌
1.For Managing Content I use: @Pocket – Free add-in to Google Chrome that allows you to save tabs from across the web and then read them in Pocket at a later time. I used this to save articles and content that I want to come back to at a later date.
2.For Project Management I use: @trello - a visual collaboration tool where you can create shared project workspaces. I use this to create collaborative working spaces, manage project timelines, create to do lists, and celebrate achieving project milestones.
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This is something I have experienced recently too, having had to advertise the same post-doc position FIVE times, and interview candidates on FOUR separate occasions
Here are my thoughts about this in a brief🧵1/n
I feel a big factor here is that #COVID19 & all the associated problems it caused for lab scientists has laid bare the precarious nature & short-termism of being a #PostDoc to #PhD students coming through the system & many have just decided "this is not for me"
The number of applicants was way down each time I advertised the #PostDoc position (and no where near the 36 that @Mad_Lancaster received!!)
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Applying for MS/PhD? 💰💸

19 ways you can boost your CV for graduate school applications from the comfort of your home:

@AcademicChatter @OpenAcademics

RT widely🔁
🔸Become a Subject Matter Expert on sites such as Chegg and earn some money & teaching experience.
🔸Move beyond the coordinates of your university and seek remote research experience using cold-emails.
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It's a season of lab rotations for PhD students!! Students - Go to every lab with a broad, open outlook, interact & learn. Think about which topic drives the passion in you, see which lab environment you would fit best into! #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter
There are many factors to carefully ponder upon before you choose & make your decision. Think it through as grad school forms the basis & foundation of your career in science be it academia, industry, other allied careers!
#science #sciencetwitter
You spend a significant amount of time of the peak of your career in grad school in the lab hence choosing the right lab & the research that you are most passionate and driven about becomes highly important!
@VoicesofIndAcad @PhDVoice
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Doing #qualitative research using #online methods? 🤔💻 I thought I'd share 10 papers/books which I've found really useful during my PhD - a thread! 🧵1/?

Feel free to add to the list! #PhD #research #PhDlife #phdvoice #phdchat #AcademicChatter #ResearchMethods #OnlineMethods
1⃣ 'Doing Qualitative Research Online' (2016) - includes ethical issues in research design; designing online qualitative studies; collecting qualitative data online through interviews & other methods; analysis & reporting findings.

➡️… 2/?
2⃣ 'Qualitative data collection in an era of social distancing' (2020) - includes options & resources for researchers who need to alter their study designs from face-to-face qualitative data collection to a “socially distant” method.

➡️… 3/?
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Today’s #ResearchTip is your #PhD is the only time you’ll “go it alone” as a researcher (and many still work in teams for their doctoral studies). Learning to work with colleagues and communities is a great skill to acquire during your doctorate. #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter
#PhD candidates can be misled to believe working with others is “cheating” in some way. It isn’t. It’s a great way to share ideas, expand horizons and also get or give help in areas you or others need support with. #PhDChat #PhDHelp #gradschool #HigherEd #MedEd #AcademicChatter
Future research projects, even for independent researchers, doesn’t happen in a vacuum. We need to coordinate with others to understand, progress and make an impact with our studies. Identifying and maintaining your networks is a key skill. #PhDChat #PhDHelp #gradschool #HigherEd
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Tired of the saying just google it? Well dad just sent alternative search engines "who specialize in books, science, other smart information." Bless up🧵

@PhDVoice #Phd #phdchat #phdstudent #academiclife #academictwt
(credit: Edward Clark) - a search for the contents of 20 thousand worldwide libraries. Find out where lies the nearest rare book you need. - access to more than 10 million scientific documents: books, articles, research protocols. is a library of scientific bioscience journals published in developing countries. - volunteers from 102 countries have collected almost 4 million publications on economics and related science.
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My friend and I keep sending each other PhD memes to keep sane. Today we decided to collate them to send to our supervisor (we have the same one) after we submit. #phdlife @AcademicChatter @PhDVoice
When you need to find that article to back up that one sentence in your 10k chapter
Me when I don't want to use pronouns in my data gathering chapter. Also applies to any text written. Ever.
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