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I believe that a PhD journey is full of twists and turns, and all the pleasures that uncertainty brings. I welcome comment and debate along the way. I would love to hear from other PhD candidates, but also anyone involved in managing, supervising, or employing research graduates. You may also register to participate in the empirical work on this page.


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The Intelligence of Organisations

How will our understanding of organisations change as they become more integrated with machines? The ability to adapt requires an organisation to learn.  Organisations learn in response to changing environments through feedback loops that provide knowledge of the surrounding environment and allow for adjustment to the system.  Adaptation and learning through awareness of one’s environment … Continue reading The Intelligence of Organisations

The Quiet Crisis of PhDs – Not so Quiet Anymore!

The paper I co-wrote with Coleman, Batten, Hallsworth and Spencer called “The Quiet Crisis of PhDs and COVID-19: Reaching the financial tipping point” has attracted some good media coverage this last week. The media coverage has seen over 3,400 people view the pre-print from 9th-19th July 2020, and the story was widely shared on social … Continue reading The Quiet Crisis of PhDs – Not so Quiet Anymore!

The quiet crisis of PhDs and COVID-19

Our study surveyed 1076 doctoral and research master’s candidates on the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on their living and financial situation, and impact to their candidature.

What are universities for?

Universities serve multiple purposes, and there has been an extensive debate around the question of which functions are the most essential.  Answers range in scope from ideals of liberal education focussed on the development of the individual such as was captured by Newman (1852), to aspirations of serving the common good (Marginson, 2016), as well … Continue reading What are universities for?

Citizens at the centre of AI ethics.

From a great letter to Nature Machine Intelligence by Nicolas Spatola. “Several non-profit organizations such as theCenter for Humane Technology are workingto raise awareness of ethical concerns in AIamong both politicians and actors in thetechnology sector. However, the pressuremust also come from citizens themselves,from the grassroots of our societies, as itdoes in the case of … Continue reading Citizens at the centre of AI ethics.

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