Author Archives: Emily Garside

About Emily Garside

Emily Garside has recently completed a PhD researching the use of theatre as a cultural response to HIV/AIDS. This research follows a life long passion for theatre and academic interest in the power of performance for activism as well as in recording history. While completing this research She delivered a wide range of teaching at Cardiff Metropolitan University including directing student's practical work. Emily continues to conduct academic research while working as Research and Development Advisor for the Creative Industries Research Institute at the University of South Wales. In her spare time She continues to write for performance and blog about theatre and academic life.

Failing to be an academic

I’ve written many times here, and on my personal blog  about the struggle with whether to continue in academia. The truth of the matter, and probably what I’ve spent a year hiding from, is much more simple: I failed as … Read More »

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What to do with all that passion?

I was both lucky and unlucky in my PhD in that I was passionate about it. All told I’ve been looking at the area or at least thinking about it for nearly 10 years all told-since my Undergraduate dissertation. And … Read More »

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Post Viva: 12 months on

Back in November it was the first anniversary of my viva. I wanted to write a reflection of things a year on, but really struggled to articulate anything coherent on the subject. In part this is because actually the viva … Read More »

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Do I stay or do I go? leaving academia post-PhD.

I’ll let you all into a secret, as much as I am passionate about my PhD as something I wanted and needed to write, I’m not that excited about academic research as a whole. My love was always for the … Read More »

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Finally Graduating!

This week I thought I’d look back on my Graduation, which happened 8 months after my Viva, and the mix of emotions now that the dust had settled on the PhD. I will say it was a good decision to … Read More »

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Working Class academics in and outside the PhD

It’s not exactly news that Academia can be an elitist profession, nor is it news that class –and income-can play a big role in education and therefore academic experience. From the rations of those from Private Vs State schools in … Read More »

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Post-PhD comedown

The thing with the PhD is that there’s not a really certain end point. It’s always a ‘Yes but’. Yes you handed it in, but there’s the viva, yes you did the Viva, but there’s corrections, and waiting endless waiting. … Read More »

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Unconventional PhD Career Paths

Hello, as my first blog post here, I thought I’d consider the road that got me to the PhD before talking in more detail about my post-PhD life in future posts. After all you have to know where you’ve been … Read More »

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