Tag Archives: supervision

The PhD cheat (Rousse)

‘Why have you recently made so much progress on writing up your PhD?’ barked the professor at the cowering student, as if this was a terrible crime. The student looked at me from across the table, and I turned to … 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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A PhD student, a wolf, and a champion demented Whitby stretcher-thrower (Rousse)

There was so much going on in the corridors that it took a long time to get everyone into the room and the main characters around the table for the PhD supervision. The student had become so paranoid that she … Continue reading

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Masters supervision without Margaret (Rousse)

When I came out of MR’s office I found a Chinese student waiting for me in the corridor. Once we had cleared up whether or not she was Margaret (she was not), I led her to the room that I … 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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Supervising students while sailing (Rousse)

It was a tough call: two honours project students needed attention, but my pals NP and GB had called in to see if I would come out to play. What made it more difficult was that we were all on … Continue reading

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Pens lost and found (Rousse)

PT interrupted F’s PhD supervision with a question. “Are these pens yours?” he asked me. “Did you leave them behind when you moved offices?” There were three pens in total: a beautiful dark blue-marbled fountain pen; the striped wooden roller … Continue reading

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Drug addiction contributes to project failure (Rousse)

The pallor of the student’s skin shone blue, as did the whites of his eyes. Here was yet another case of drug addiction amongst the undergraduates. I could also read confusion in his expression as he handed over his dissertation. … Continue reading

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Tried and tested techniques for keeping young, travelling free of charge on the M1, and repelling criminals (Rousse)

Have you ever wondered how to keep young, which is the cheapest form of travel between Leeds and London, and how can you best avoid the attention of burglars? If so, read on… How to keep young I was under … Continue reading

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A grandmother, assorted colleagues, South American doctoral studies, and an ex-boyfriend (Rousse)

The venue for KB’s last meeting before she finally retired was the sitting room of my grandmother’s house in Hexham. My last visit to the house was in 1992, but little had changed in 20 years. I tested the comfort … Continue reading

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