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Alumni

Case studies

 

Elaine Tierney - Teaching and Training Co-ordinator at Victoria and Albert Research Institute


Elaine Tierney

In my experience in working with our PhD students and having been one myself; they have the headspace or bandwidth to think about the V&A differently.”

says Dr Elaine Tierney who completed doctoral award with the Art History Department at Sussex .

Read the interview with Elaine in our feature.

 

Cathy Ratcliff – Talks about her motivations for studying for her PhD


Cathy Ratcliff

It’s only through an arts and humanities approach that you can really answer in depth the questions that are also addressed in a different way by social science.”

says Cathy Ratcliff who completed her PhD at the University of Edinburgh in 2017.

Read the interview with Cathy in our feature.

 

Peter Burch – How PhD training provides you with transferable skills


Dr Peter Burch

It’s probably the single most useful thing I’ve done both on a personal and a professional level.”

says Dr Peter Burch who completed his PhD at the University of Manchester in 2015.

Read the interview with Peter in our feature.

 

Alexandra Woodall – Getting involved with networks


Dr Erica Harrison

The people I met because of my PhD are still part of my networks and the opportunity to talk about my research with academics was fantastic. Those relationships have continued to this day.”

says Dr Alexandra Woodall who got her Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD at the University of Leicester in 2016.

Read the interview with Alexandra in our feature.

 

Erica Harrison – Using a PhD in 'challenging environments'


Dr Erica Harrison

The mentality of doing a PhD is that it always feels like Sunday night and you haven’t done your homework!”

says Dr Erica Harrison who got her Collaborative Doctoral Award PhD at the University of Bristol, partnering with Czech Radio to study the Czechoslovak Government-in-Exile.

Read the interview with Erica in our feature.


Niall Geraghty – The benefits of doing a PhD


Niall Geraghty

…Enjoy it! It’s a wonderful opportunity to have that length of time to dedicate solely to one project. It won’t be repeated in the same way again…”

says Niall Geraghty who completed his PhD in Contemporary Argentine Literature at the University of Cambridge in 2015.

Read the interview with Niall in our feature.


Malcolm McNeill – Chinese Painting Specialist at Christie’s


Malcolm McNeill

…the prestige of the AHRC award, once you have it on your CV, gives gravity to your later career. That made a difference, I think, in a number of the jobs that I applied for…”

says Malcolm McNeill who studied Chinese language at the University of Cambridge before working in Taipei and studying for his Masters at SOAS.

Read the interview with Malcolm in our feature.


Anne-Marie Eze - Director of Scholarly and Public Programmes


Anne-Marie Eze

It’s an unparalleled experience in many ways when it comes to problem solving. Doing a PhD certainly gives you that skill.”

says Anne-Marie who did her PhD at The Courtauld Institute of Art and the British Library.

Read the interview with Anne-Marie in our feature.


Justine Reilly - founder and Director of Sporting Heritage


Justine Reilly

I never wanted my PhD to be something that sat on the shelf - I wanted to do research that I could take out into the world and use to make a difference.”

says Dr Reilly who did her PhD at the University of Central Lancashire.

Read the interview with Justine in our feature.


John Miles - founder and CTO of Inkpath Ltd.


John Miles

Without my PhD there's no way I'd be doing what I do now and that's as much to do with the broader skills I've learned – such as independent learning and discovering my own drive – as the PhD itself.”

says Dr Miles who did his PhD at the University of Oxford.

Read the interview with John in our feature.