Author Archives: pat thomson

About pat thomson

Pat Thomson is Professor of Education in the School of Education, The University of Nottingham, UK

conference blog: managing the programme

So you’ve registered for the conference, and now you have the programme. It might be slim, or not. The ECER conference I’m at is not small but it’s not the largest around either – it’s usually somewhere around two to … Continue reading

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conference blog: getting ready to network

This is the first of five posts written to coincide with attending the European Education Research Association conference in Porto. There is more to getting ready to go to a conference than getting the abstract written and accepted. Indeed there’s … Continue reading

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handing in the PhD – yes, it’s a checklist!!

There’s nothing quite like the countdown to handing in the PhD. Puff pant, puff pant. I think I can, I think I can. But…. On the one hand, you may be absolutely sick of the sight of the text and … Continue reading

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universities to give hugs to staff ????

A while ago I visited a Nordic university with an absolutely huge staff room. Taking up most of a floor of one building, the room was above all else filled with light. Floor to ceiling windows, pale wooden tables and … Continue reading

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crap detection and blogging

I’ve got an inbuilt fondness for the encyclopaedia. As a child from a family with a pretty modest income, but one which valued books, Arthur Mee’s Children’s Encyclopaedia took pride of place on the bookshelf. Whether there was a school … Continue reading

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an academic writing playlist

1. A song for staring at the blank screen 2. A song for explaining to your lover why you didn’t hear what they just said 3. A song for reading reviewers’ comments 4. A song for that feeling of being … Continue reading

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the audit trail – a common omission from methods chapters

It’s really important to put an ‘audit trail’ into your methods chapter. Audit trail? Well, it doesn’t actually matter what you call it, it’s the section in the chapter where you give the examiner the nuts and bolts information about … Continue reading

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