Distractions and Opportunities

Guinea pig in front of laptop


Kia ora koutou, hope everyone is doing as well as possible in these trying times. As researchers we are often thinking about ways to avoid distractions but sometimes a bit of distraction can be welcome, and this is one of those times. With that in mind, I thought it would be nice to offer some research-themed light relief so I’ve been searching the internet to see what I could come up with, and here are a couple of recommendations:

Pubs and Publications has a fun quiz: What kind of annoying PhD candidate are you? (I was a ‘c’)

PhD Comics: Different aspects of the research journey in cartoon format. It’s been running for a long time so if you’re new to it, I recommend starting with the 200 most popular.


If you are looking for development opportunities while we are locked down, just a reminder that GRS and our friends at Libraries and Learning Success are still running student workshops, which have been moved online where possible. Check out elab to see what’s available (please bear with us: we have updated most of our records but we are still catching up so some may still be showing as on-campus). If you haven’t already had a look at our Online Resources page on Student Hub Online, head on over to check out videos and other resources on a range of research topics.

Kia atawhai, kia tūpato, kia haumaru (be kind, be careful, be safe)

About Kathryn Oxborrow

Dr Kathryn Oxborrow is the temporary Researcher Development Coordinator at AUT's Graduate Research School. In her PhD research she investigated how non-Māori librarians in Aotearoa learn about and engage with Māori knowledge in their lives and work. Kathryn is originally from the UK and moved to New Zealand in 2010.

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