PhD Mentioned in Oxford Magazine


I met Chris Sladen at a Public History event at Ruskin College, and we’ve kept in sporadic contact ever since. In ‘Noughth Week, Hilary Term, 2014′, Oxford Magazine, Chris wrote a review of A Green and Pleasant Land by Ursula Buchan (2013), and towards the end he references my PhD. Maybe before too long it won’t be unpublished anymore… […]

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10 Truths for Prospective PhDs


Important reading if you’re planning on doing a PhD: As a prospective PhD student, you are precious. Institutions want you – they gain funding, credibility and profile through your presence. Do not let them treat you like an inconvenient, incompetent fool. Do your research. Ask questions. Use these 10 truths to assist your decision. The 10 […]

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PhD Vivas


I’ve only ever sat a PhD viva, and not yet supervised a PhD, or sat in on a viva, but I do remember my own experiences, so great story in Times Higher this week: In my limited experience, it is not the personal dimension of relationships that can fail the PhD candidate, but their very impersonality. […]

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Foucault-flaunting prose?


I’m a keen supporter of the plain English campaign, but I also used Foucauldian discourse analysis as the basis of my PhD! In @timeshighered this week: Dense, wordy, wooden, Foucault-flaunting prose? There is another way, scholar tells Matthew Reisz If you have ever needlessly added the term “Foucauldian” to a journal article or bludgeoned readers […]

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Doctor Who Required

Universities are increasingly demanding that new academics hold doctorates in a trend that some believe could accelerate when the tuition-fee cap rises to £9,000 a year. The proportion of UK academic staff with doctorates rose from 48 per cent in 2004-05 to 50.1 per cent in 2009-10, according to data prepared for Times Higher Education […]

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Related Projects of Interest

There are many others working on, or have already completed, theses that are also of interest to me as a researcher in this topic, and therefore may also be of interest to others. Boon, T., ‘Film and contestation of public health in interwar Britain ‘, PhD, 1999 Chapman, J., ‘Official British Film Propaganda during the […]

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Pat Cryer – PhD Skills

Postgraduates do not realise how employable they are. Pat Cryer explains how to get well paid job. “Students often give up when they realise how few jobs there are in their specialism. Believing they have nothing else to offer they end up jobless.” The long haul is over and the prospect of lucrative job offers […]

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Extract from "Chapter 2: Placing the British Experience of the Propaganda Poster in Context"

As I prepare materials for ‘Film History’, it seems a good time to go back to my thesis and access the section of the varying art movements leading to British graphic design styles as the Second World War broke out. (c) Bex Lewis, 2004 This next section draws on the methodological framework outlined in chapter […]

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Women of Britain, Come Into the Factories

Great things come out of little postcards. I bought this poster as a postcard in the Imperial War Museum whilst 15-17, and then put it on the wall, along with a few others, but it’s the colour of this one that stood out, and that I remembered when it came to choosing my A-Level history […]

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British Library Entry: PhD Thesis

It used to be that every PhD thesis was automatically collected by the British Library (in hard copy), but as the number of PhD’s have increased, this policy changed (around the time that I finished mine, 2004), and University Libraries were asked to keep a copy of each PhD thesis (which they generally already did), […]

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