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Blaming the graduate student


A new article in University Affairs highlights the pervasive deficit model that many faculty at universities implicitly buy into when it comes to graduate student failure.

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You can find the article here:




Welcome to this blog!  This space will be devoted to academic writing, particularly research writing.  Most people writing a long research document or a research article for a journal find themselves getting stuck at some point.  I know better than anyone how demoralising that can be.  The purpose of this blog is to provide you with a place to go to while you are ‘procrastinating’.  Here (hopefully) you will find something that will get you going again.

I’ve spent a good part of my life working with post/graduate students and new academics on research and writing.  Three books have resulted from all that experience.  I firmly believe in creative activities to jump-start any lagging writer.  I intend these pages to be full of useful, practical information about writing, research, conceptualising research, research methodologies, and creative (thinking and writing) activities.

Although I am still setting up the blog pages, I will begin posting.