inspiration, stress management

Searching for the thesis light, during a solar eclipse…

A few months ago, a student emailed me this quote, that her supervisor sent her when she was having a really tough time in the last few months of her PhD^. It really resonated. Sometimes, especially towards the end of your thesis, the going gets really, really, tough. It is then, when you feel like… Continue reading Searching for the thesis light, during a solar eclipse…

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relationships, Supervisor

Your supervisory team: the most important choice in your PhD

This post is written by Sandy Astill, PhD Candidate (her thesis is currently under examination) Greeting to all of my fellow PhD candidates. I have to come clean right from the beginning. I am not a QUT CI student, however, Associate Professor Evonne Miller (this site's Editor) was my adjunct supervisor for my PhD, which… Continue reading Your supervisory team: the most important choice in your PhD

career

Considering your Career Direction (and the value of ‘internet sleuthing’)

This blog post is written by Stephanie Bonson, a postgraduate career counsellor at QUT, with a Masters in Organisational Psychology. She is starting her PhD in Creative Industries researching creative career success and identity, and has been involved in the creative arts (whether advising, researching, or creating) for about 20 years now.  When was the last time… Continue reading Considering your Career Direction (and the value of ‘internet sleuthing’)

writing

Getting past the blank page – and tackling ‘writers block’

Whenever I talk to anyone about their thesis, the actual process of writing is ALWAYS described as one of (if not THE) hardest aspects. There is something about sitting down in your chair (or on the couch or ground, laptop in lap), and looking at that blank page that seems to paralyze people.Writers block -… Continue reading Getting past the blank page – and tackling ‘writers block’

DCI, inspiration

Reach – from crisis to opportunity and maintaining momentum

This post is by Rhodian, starting his DCI this year.  A master goldsmith and seasoned Computer Aided Jewellery Designer (CAD), he recently shifted focus from commercial to academic, completing a Graduate Certificate in Creative Industries at CQU in 2016 and is now pursuing the Doctor of Creative Industries at QUT. But like his gemstones, Rhodian has many… Continue reading Reach – from crisis to opportunity and maintaining momentum

DCI, Fashion research, international

Challenging ‘fashion as usual’ – exploring supply chains, ethics and international development

This post is by Lauren Solomon, a Doctorate of Creative Industries (DCI) candidate. Lauren's expertise in the fashion industry has led her to lead and work on a variety of local and international projects that focus on capacity development of marginalised and disadvantaged individuals and communities. Her research has taken her to communities in Malawi and Cambodia,… Continue reading Challenging ‘fashion as usual’ – exploring supply chains, ethics and international development

inspiration

Whatever your politics, poetry can help

Hello all - it is the 2017 US Presidential inauguration ceremony today, and whatever your politics, there is no doubt that 'change is afoot'. In this post, I hope to remind us how important it is to find and maintain our research passion. As researchers in the creative industries, we KNOW that our work is important and that our… Continue reading Whatever your politics, poetry can help

inspiration

2017: Finding your “WORD” of the year

Many people are replacing New Years resolutions with what is termed a 'word' of the year, sometimes also described as ' goals with soul'. This can also be viewed as a "theme" for your life, and can involve deep thinking about (and re-scoping) both your priorities and overall life narrative*. As a HDR student, it… Continue reading 2017: Finding your “WORD” of the year