Tag Archives: PhD

Back to school (Rousse)

It was a busy time on the University campus. BD was over from Canada, actually attempting to leave, but forever being dragged into new projects. Even Belle took a punt at signing him up for some madcap scheme of hers. … Continue reading

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The Stanford murderer (Rousse)

Stanford University research engineer JA was all over the news. He was a murderer! It would not be long before journalists would be knocking at my door, demanding to know whether or not I had spotted his evil streak when … Continue reading

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Sleeping in reception and a London lay-over (Rousse)

I climbed into my bed in the lobby of the London hotel under the watchful eye of the staff on the reception desk. Just as I was drifting off to sleep, one of them informed me that a PhD student … Continue reading

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Conference paper submissions and a chicken breast (Rousse)

Head of department JH hauled six of us into his office. He was furious that the PhD students had ‘stupidly’ submitted their draft conference paper submissions for peer review to unworthy colleagues in a ‘nutty evangelical gay Methodist’ further education … Continue reading

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Jimmy Savile student beater (Rousse)

It was with horror that I discovered that my new PhD student’s second supervisor was Jimmy Savile. The student had already suffered his first beating at the hands of this fiend. How on earth could I protect him? My only … Continue reading

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Mrs May thesis caretaker (Rousse)

I plonked my PhD thesis on the top table, muttered an apology to Theresa May, and returned to my own seat. Although she had a lot on her plate, I was confident that she would still have time to take … Continue reading

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A PhD bigamist (Rousse)

I married one of my PhD students in a secret ceremony. Indeed it was so secret that I didn’t even attend the wedding. Several years later I was finally facing up to this misdemenour. Soon I would confess all to … Continue reading

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Escaped astronauts (Rousse)

I asked the students to dress up for the tutorial according to the theme of ‘outer space’, so was delighted when the six of them turned up as astronauts in bulky all-in-one ski suits. Forty-five minutes into our discussion AA … Continue reading

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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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A winning sausage conference submission, with citation indexes (Rousse)

EH and I felt obliged to attend the University research conference, even though much of the content was of little interest to us. On our arrival we could tell that many of our colleagues had ignored the event. This was … Continue reading

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