PECANS Resource Bank

This section of the PECANS website is to become a bank of resources for postgraduate students and early career scholars.

If you have suggestions for links, books, or other resources that you think would be of use to PECANS members or others who visit this site, please email them to Rosie on

PECANS Resources

Writing Up - A Survival Guide by Nicolette Priaulx and Sally Sheldon.
This entertaining and hugely helpful guide to getting your PhD finished was presented at the PECANS Workshop 2007. You can download the document by clicking on the link below:

pdfWriting Up - A Survival Guide

How (NOT) to get an academic job
This is a video resource, showing three clips from the 'How (not) to get an academic job' session at the PECANS workshop in 2007. Many thanks to Rosemary Auchmuty, Joanne Conaghan, Didi Herman and Rosemary Hunter for participating, and for consenting to the publication of these clips on the website. Click on the link below to view this video resource:

clgs How (not) to be a job applicant

Thinking About Doing a PhD? by Wei Wei Cao
This brief guide was put together by Wei Wei to give some advice to those of you out there who are considering embarking on a PhD in the area of Law, Gender and Sexuality. As well as useful advice about selecting a topic, funding and whether to do a Master's first, the guide sets out how to use the PECANS Find a Supervisor database to find the right person to supervise your research.

pdfThinking About Doing a PhD? (pdf)


Past PECANS Events:

Here you can download information, programmes and abstracts from past PECANS events

Useful Books:

S Marshall and N Green, Your PhD Companion (Oxford, How to Books Ltd: 2004)

Rowena Murray, How to Survive Your Viva: Defending a Thesis in Oral Examination (Buckingham, OUP: 2003)

Rowena Murray, How to Write a Thesis (Buckingham, OUP: 2006)

Estelle Phillips and Derek Pugh, How to get a PhD (Buckingham, OUP: 2001)

An international network of researchers, teachers and students in the field of human sexuality.

A 'researcher's portal', supported by Research Councils UK, with loads of practical tips on everything from thinking about doing a doctorate through getting it finished and career planning, as well as info for post-doctoral scholars, and developing your career in HE. Well worth a look!
A great place to start when looking for a job - they'll even send you daily or weekly emails with all the academic jobs advertised in your area. What are you waiting for?

Guardian Education postgraduate pages
Some interesting articles on postgrad-related stuff. A reasonable place to while away some time when you're putting off doing any work...

Times Higher Education website
The "number one destination for higher education jobs, news and resources for university professionals in teaching and research."

All the top
A generic job search website - searchable database of jobs, including academic posts, which links through to other sites.

PhD Comics
A perhaps more fun way to while away an hour or two

If you have any suggestions for useful/interesting/fun websites to list here, please drop Rosie an email on