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The Dos and Don’ts of PhD Supervision

Myself and Duncan Astle (he of the substantial intellect and even more substantial quiff) have been putting our minds to a series of blog posts, attempting to help the fledgling academic get to grips with some of their new professional duties. This week it is a real classic – how to supervise a PhD student. […]

Reviewer 2 is not your nemesis – how to revise and resubmit

This is my second post written with Duncan Astle, a colleague of exceptional integrity and thoughtfulness, ideally qualified for this particular piece. It is a follow-up to our previous joint post about peer-review. We now turn our attention to the response to reviewers. As with the role of reviewer, junior scientists submitting their work as […]

Déjà-vu at IMFAR 2017

I’m back in the office after my usual annual pilgimage to the International Meeting for Autism Research (aka IMFAR) which took place this year in San Francisco. As usual, it was inspiring to be among so many researchers and, increasingly, autistic people (including autistic researchers, of course) gathered together to share their work. The quality […]

Think you’re your own harshest critic? Try peer review…

This month’s blog is written by me with Duncan Astle, a colleague whose intellectual brilliance is only exceeded by his charm. Peer review is a lynch-pin of the scientific process and bookends every scientific project. But despite the crucial importance of the peer review process in determining what research gets funded and published, in our […]

Advice for students (or, at least, for my students…)

Back in 2014 I wrote this blog post about managing your supervisor. The post was a way to consolidate some thoughts about my preferred supervision style.  Since then I have shared the link with every new student who comes to work with me and it has been hugely useful. Now, three years on, and with […]

What does “a bit spectrum-y” mean?

Increasingly, as awareness of autism and constructs such as “the autism spectrum” grows, one hears people casually describing their acquaintances with phrases such as “she’s a bit spectrum-y” or “he’s a little autistic“.  Being perfectly honest, I have used such phrases myself. I guess I’ve found it a helpful and succinct way to describe a […]

Phoning it in: are AAC Researchers and Practitioners Keeping up to Date with Recent Research Developments?

This is a guest blog from DART collaborator Noreen Murphy.  You can find out more about Noreen’s project on AAC support and autism at this page. Technology continues to develop at a pace that shows no sign of slowing anytime soon. The field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) for children on the autism spectrum is […]

A response to “screen based lifestyle harms children’s health”

On Christmas Day this year, multiple clinicians and academics wrote to The Guardian newspaper to express their concern about the impact of ‘screentime’ on children’s health. In this post, we will extract key phrases from the letter, which can be seen in its entirety here, and explore whether the evidence upholds the statement. In this, […]