At our annual doctoral seminars, I have prepared power-point presentations as part of sessions on various practical aspects of PhD studies. Last year, I did two presentations, on how to prepare a research paper or dissertation http://www.mediafire.com/?pd1sezm1xiy and on academic writing: http://www.mediafire.com/?2dzmbjgg9ji. They are really a series of ‘tips’ with some of my own pet peeves (such as the misuse and nonuse of the apostrophe), drawn from personal experience. This year, I did one that I entitled ‘networking’, http://www.mediafire.com/?91npt1muee4, although my Irish students chided me about the term. So call it ‘developing professional contacts’ if that makes you feel better! The same seminar on research was delievered to doctoral students at the School of Law of Beijing Normal University last June, where it was received enthusiastically. It is my own way of working, of course, and may not suit everyone. Feel free to use these powerpoint presentations as you see fit. And finally, a picture I took this morning from my office at All Souls College, in Oxford, where I am spending the final three months of my sabbatical. I am trying not to let my writing and research projects get in the way of all of the wonderful eating and drinking that goes on here.
Thanks to Mary McKeown for reminding me to post this material.