Tag Archives: doctoral

A PhD plagiarist (Rousse)

My suspicions were raised when I spotted the phrase ‘this doctoral study’ in LC’s honours project submission. It did not take long to confirm that ‘her’ dissertation was, in fact, a patchwork of text stitched together from sections of an … Continue reading

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Unethical practices of rail companies (Rousse)

The three women in the train carriage were all plain-clothed police officers. I knew this because I had been allocated the role of PhD supervisor for one of them. The woman in question, however, was unaware of this because she … Continue reading

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PhD write-up distractions: National Trust for Scotland properties (Rousse)

When I returned to work after my summer holiday I discovered that two of my PhD students had each become heavily involved in National Trust for Scotland properties, each of which was supposedly associated with their doctoral studies. How would … Continue reading

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An unconsummated marriage and home delivery comfort food (Rousse)

I wed BB around ten years ago, but we never got round to consummating our marriage – which was just a well because we both had ‘real’ spouses of our own. An occasional quick hug and chat was all that … Continue reading

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No room at the office (Rousse)

I couldn’t fit into my office because it was overrun by PhD students and the keynote speaker of their forthcoming doctoral colloquium (AB).

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Bedsit Bernard (Rousse)

I agreed to take on a fellow academic from another institution as my PhD student. He had told everyone that his name was Bernard, but I knew that he was really an Italian national and, as such, his real name … Continue reading

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Doctoral degree entry requirements: Oxford and Edinburgh (Rousse)

All the others were clutching revision notes as we entered the exam hall. I had nothing in my hands because I had done no preparation whatsoever. So what if SH got a first and I failed? Then I started to … Continue reading

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Husband’s mystery trips to Manchester while wife heads north to Inverness by foot (Rousse)

The day that I made the round trip by car to Manchester to fix JC’s blinds I discovered that TPR had made the same trip the day before and had another planned for the next. He claimed that these visits … Continue reading

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Go go girls, boyfriends, puppets, and Hootsuite (Rousse)

After a full day at a conference I was now expected to chair a doctoral colloquium, but I was so tired I could barely keep my eyes open – and I really needed to do so because: I had to … Continue reading

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Boris Johnson’s PhD (Rousse)

Boris Johnson’s PhD thesis was so ancient that the yellowing paper cracked as you turned the pages. Presented in two battered cream-cloth bound volumes, the content was somewhat disappointing. I’d hoped that it would come in useful as I did … Continue reading

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