Few universities have college or community blogs specifically for their PhD students. Thesis Talk is a dedicated NUI Galway blog aimed at all research students and written by PhD candidates from the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Celtic Studies (CASSCS). Chronicling the varying experiences of the College’s research students, Thesis Talk aims to build a community among various disciplines on campus, and with other relevant parties online. Thesis Talk provides a platform for research students to describe their PhD experience to date, share examples about/from their own projects, provide feedback from conferences they’ve attended, share resources, and ask the community questions or give tips and advice. Thesis talk will provide the College of Arts, Social Sciences and Celtic Studies with more web presence. It is an opportunity for NUI Galway to join the few universities making a presence on the web in this way and to be at the forefront of how a university blog can present itself and participate in an online community.
The project team met on December 2 and discussed the following:
- Meeting inviting other College of Arts PhD students to participate in Thesis Talk. The meeting is scheduled for January 16. Our goal is to create a committee and to have multiple bloggers
- Kelly attended a conference this past week on Social Media and will be blogging on our webpage
- Kelly brought a flip camera with her to the conference and will also upload some clips from the conference
- Chanté will also blog on getting EXPLORE funding
A number of people have contributed to the blog in the past month.
As part of the EXPLORE project we have invited Andy Coverdale, author of PhD Blog (dot) Net to join us for a workshop on PhD student blogging. Anyone interested in blogging is welcome to join us. The workshop will take place on Thursday 7 March from 4-7pm in room AM207 (Arts Millennium Building). Please let Chanté know if you plan to attend: email@example.com.