Research students are expected to work largely autonomously, with supervision. Remember, however, that you are entering a large local, national and international ‘community of practice’ (Lave and Wenger 1999) when you begin to research. With increased international communications and the Internet, we can all be so much more in touch with each other, supportive, exchanging ideas, contacts and work in progress. One of the most helpful and supportive elements of your work and contacts with others in the broader research community is that of actually seeking support from colleagues who are other researchers. There are many queries that can be cleared up, considerable stress that can be relieved, and much clarification gained by working together in various supportive peer groups, either close by or at a distance. Ultimately, beyond your current research, you could be setting up research partnerships for the future from such support groups. It is possible that you will be working with a group of others on a joint research project (more usual in the sciences) or, if on an MA/MSc, a staged EdD or PrD, you could have a natural peer group with whom to share your developing work. Often, however, it is up to the research student — that is, you — to set these groups up and maintain them, so it is important to look out for others who are working in similar fields to yourself and network with them.
Swipe to navigate through the chapters of this book
Please log in to get access to this content
To get access to this content you need the following product:
- Developing a Supportive Research Culture Locally and at a Distance
- Macmillan Education UK
- Sequence number
- Chapter number