The logistics of working remotely

Studying remotely can be frustrating at times. You can’t just walk down to the library for a book, pop in to see your supervisor or just enjoy the University environment that can often help to motivate when motivation is low. I won’t pretend that I wasn’t aware of what studying remotely entailed, but nevertheless I find some days more of a struggle than others to stay on track. Whilst the University has systems in place to help those working remotely keep in touch and feel part of the wider academic community, I’ve discovered a few tips that certainly help me to navigate some of the trickier aspects of distance learning. Continue reading

“So, what do you do?”: Networking at University

Now, I hate to use the “mature student” card but I feel I simply can’t do this topic justice without drawing on some personal experience. After completing my Master’s degree, I decided it was time for a break from academia, try my hand at a “real job” and so I set out to find employment in big London town. It’s important to emphasise that my experiences may not apply to everyone, as one post-University life is totally different from another but, as I slogged through application after application for each job I began to realise one niggling regret: I wish I’d made more of the University’s networks. Continue reading

The unseen students of Sheffield

I’m just going to come out and say it. I’m a distance learner.

That’s right – I am studying remotely from London for a doctorate in English Literature at the University of Sheffield. I’m one of the many “unseen” students who make up a fair proportion of the student population, without the reassuring walls of Western Bank Library to retreat to or a John’s Van bap to keep us going. Continue reading