Welcome, friend! This week on Beyond the Thesis With Papa PhD, I’m bringing you a fascinating discussion on adaptation, resilience, and flourishing as a PhD with my guest – Amal Abuzeinab.


Dr Amal Abuzeinab is the Institute Head of Research Students (IHRS), Institute of Architecture, De Montfort University, UK. Amal is currently supervising 3 PhD students, supervised 4 PhD students successfully to completion, and examined 4 PhD students. She served as the Co-Faculty Head of Research Students (FHRS) for the faculty of Arts, Design, and Humanities between 2017-2020.

What we covered in the interview:

  • The importance of being flexible and adaptable during your research journey

  • The need for PhD candidates to anticipate and address potential problems

  • The importance of self-selection in pursuing a PhD and becoming an independent researcher

  • The issue of limited tenure-track positions for PhD graduates

  • The importance of a support system for PhD candidates

This episode’s resources:

  • Workshop for Women Higher Education Network (WHEN) | Website

Thank you, Amal Abuzeinab!

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