Author Archives: Kathryn

About Kathryn

PhD student; lecturer. Wife; mother; daughter; friend. Reader; photographer; traveller; arts consumer. Hedonist and eudaimonist (and lover of big words).

Signs of the times

I was having fun, but now I’m not… and I haven’t much felt like writing about it. Then recently I read The Syllabub’s post on being afflicted with The Stupid and felt so much better. A problem shared is a problem halved, … Continue reading

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Using the F word…

2015 was a busy year for me. A year full of new places, new people, new experiences, and new opportunities. I travelled, a lot. I crossed a few architectural treasures and dream destinations off my bucket list (Frank Lloyd Wright’s … Continue reading

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Magpie tendencies

Instead of what I should have been thinking about – my PhD and how professional identity affects the development of the BIM specialist role – I have been thinking some more about the idea of the PhD and personal identity, provoked by a series of … Continue reading

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Watch your step with slogans and catchphrases

One facet of my PhD is looking at how the narratives of my participants reflect their professional identity. Alongside the narratives of lived experience, I am finding that  there are a lot of what Georgakopoulou (2006) refers to as ‘small … Continue reading

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PhD passion and pragmatism

During the “How to Survive your PhD” MOOC, in the discussion on Curiosity, a topic came up that raised my hackles a bit. The question was raised of how to generate passion in students who just wanted to “do what’s required and … Continue reading

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How not to be an instant expert

An education isn’t how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It’s being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don’t. Although the Internet has changed our information landscape, the definition of education provided … Continue reading

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The Lifecycle of a PhD Butterfly

There are PhD metaphors everywhere, on blogs and even academic papers, but none have really resonated with me. Sporting events like marathons are outside my experience (and my comfort zone); I have never been one for artistic endeavours like sculpture or … Continue reading

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