This Week on Thesislink: Postgrad Parents

It’s no secret that doing a research degree is incredibly challenging.

It’s also no secret that parenting is a mammoth and life-consuming responsibility.

So taking on both of these challenges at the same time requires tremendous bravery, and a very strong work ethic. There are a great many people out there doing postgrad research with children to care for. I finished my PhD thesis while heavily pregnant, and sat the oral exam when my little boy was two months old. My preparation for that exam was… let’s just say, patchy. (Frankly, I was surprised and relieved that I managed to stay awake through it.) Then there are those who spend their entire research journey juggling study with multiple children, sometimes with other work to think about as well.

This week at Thesislink, we’re featuring profiles of AUT postgrad students who balance parenting with research. We’ll hear how they manage their responsibilities, what works for them, and what they struggle with. We’ll also ask what their children think of their research, and how their studies impact upon their families.

If you’re a postgrad parent (or thinking of becoming one) check back on Thesislink each day, join the conversation in the comments, and keep being amazing!

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About Anaise Irvine

Dr Anaise Irvine is the Editor of Thesislink. She has a research background in science and narrative. Her PhD research analysed how contemporary films and novels represent genetic engineering as a social justice issue. She has previously researched fictional representations of evolution and quantum mechanics. She has taught such diverse texts as Blade Runner and Bridget Jones’s Diary, and her most obscure skill is being able to turn novels into phylogenetic trees!

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