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Fiona Whelan (BeyondtheDoctorate)
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Completed my doctorate in medieval history at the University of Oxford. Blogging aboutthe trials and tribulations of life beyond the doctorate.
Completed my doctorate in medieval history at the University of Oxford. Blogging aboutthe trials and tribulations of life beyond the doctorate.

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My viva
My last blogpost seemed to resonate with many readers. In it, I addressed the fact that major corrections were still a pass, and that it was important to: Dispel the myth that major corrections equaled a failed viva Reduce the stigma associated with major c...
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Announcing you passed your viva
Anyone who has completed a PhD knows the excitement and relief when you get to announce that you have passed your viva. It is the culmination of many years work and is absolutely something to be celebrated and shouted from the rooftop. However, there is a t...
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Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018
I am pleased to say that for the past two weeks over Christmas and the New Year I managed to completely switch off. I barely checked my email and social media, and did a little bit of academic writing (mostly because I was switched off then my mind felt les...
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'Admin' Bad Days/Good Days
As readers know, I wear two hats - my professional services hat during the day and my academic hat in my spare time. I am proud of my achievements in both areas, but that does not mean that I don't experience difficult days or tensions managing both identit...
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Passing deadlines
As some readers may know, I have signed the contract for my second publication, which will be a collaborative translation of the text which formed the basis of my PhD and first monograph - Urbanus magnus (The Book of the Civilised Man) by Daniel of Beccles....
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Expenses and Finances
I saw this on Twitter and it reminded me of an experience I had when I started my first full-time paid job post-PhD a couple of years ago. Here is the Tweet: I understand why it is the case, but I also wish that colleges and universities wouldn't rely on fa...
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Making Friends
In the spirit of honesty with which I started the blog, I want to talk about friendships and making friends post-university. I will state at the outset that I am an introvert and the sort of person who would have 2-3 close friends to confide in. I love havi...
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There's more to HE than Oxford - Queen Mary
This post follows on the heel of my previous blogpost about the recent controversy of the lack of diversity in Oxbridge admissions. I was prompted to think about my new institution, Queen Mary University of London, following a new staff induction event I at...
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Access to Oxford
Having moved from studying/working for 7 years at Oxford to a London university the difference in representation is striking. Few points: https://t.co/Twl6ulGoGW — Dr Fiona Whelan ☘ (@FionaEWhelan) October 20, 2017 Today, Oxford is in the news because new d...
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Freshers Advice
Dear Readers, Please indulge me for a moment as I descend into a little nostalgia and consider the fact that I have been a Fresher three times in my life. I don't claim to have sage wisdom to impart, but perhaps some nuggets of personal experience will be o...
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