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Memories of a doctorate

By Tom Chatfield  

An excellent piece in the Guardian today by Doron Shultziner on the state of graduate studies in Oxford has brought several sharp, recollective intakes of breath on my part. Shultziner outlines something desperately familiar to anyone who has studied as a graduate at Oxford in the last decade or so (I spent almost eight years there myself, doing my undergraduate degree and then a masters and doctorate): that the systems in place for supervision and for giving graduates a proper training in academic occupations like teaching and research are hugely variable and overstretched, and can leave many feeling profoundly isolated.…

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