Monthly focus: Welcome [back] and getting started [again]


Welcome [back]! Happy to be starting the new academic year busy with plans for the Induction days and excited about the Autumn Encounters in November.

We’ve been in touch with CHASE alumni Dr Nicole Mennell who has been reflecting on her PhD experience.


23 Things is a digital education and learning project created by Helen Blowers of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library. Originally it was designed as a way of encouraging librarians to learn and embrace new technologies. We’ve adapted it to help CHASE students and staff feel more confident in exploring and using digital tools.

In no particular order, but grouped around the topic for the month, we’ll be revisiting some of the 23 Things featured on the CHASE Training Hub

#3 Online Profile
It is important to have an online profile and the start of term is an ideal time to begin work on this. A simple web presence makes it much easier for people to find you. Who’s looking for you? Well, potential employers, funders, collaborators, and publishers – that’s who. They’re not going to spend hours rootling around the internet to work out what you’ve been doing, so make it easy for them by ensuring all the key information is in one place. Actually, in this post we’ll look at three different places, so you can decide what’s right for you.

Create your CHASE profile here - Please complete this by the end of October

If you are in need of a new or updated profile picture, our photographer Carlotta will be at Encounters and is always happy to be asked to take a profile photo.


#20: Note-taking
A useful skill to have when you begin your PhD is notetaking - “Don’t try to remember it; write it down,” should be the mantra of every researcher. Of course, there’s every chance that the brilliant idea will pop back into your head, but probably not until after you’ve submitted your thesis. Related to this month's topic - ‘Getting Started’, we’ll investigate note-taking apps (in fact this is useful for whatever stage of your PhD that you are at!). This technology can be used for everything from quickly recording your thoughts, through to managing all your digital research material. Let’s get acquainted.