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Self-funding Ph.D. students' lives and campaigns in the Guardian

Luca Marazzi in moves to improve conditions

Self-funding Ph.D. students' lives and campaigns in the Guardian

Over 900 Ph.D. students are estimated to self-fund their degree at UCL, and about 38,000 in the UK, facing considerable financial and academic problems (See: "Part-time Ph.D. students" survey - http://pga.uclu.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/Part-time-PhD-students-report.pdf).

Luca Marazzi is one of them and was elected Research Student Faculty Officer (Social and Historical Sciences) for University College London Union (www.uclu.org) to do something about it. He has participated in meetings with UCL colleagues, the UCL Graduate School and UCLU representatives to develop proposals to introduce new funding schemes for part-time Ph.D. students. More teaching assistant positions are also being suggested to UCL committees and Senior Management Team to better support doctoral researchers in their life and career development.

 

The Guardian recently published an article by Luca on the problems and opportunities of self-funding:

"Self-funded Ph.D. students deserve support, not stigma and secrecy"

http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network/blog/2013/jun/06/self-funded-phd-students-secret

 

...and the profiles of nine self-funded Ph.D. students in the UK, including recently graduated Dr. Hang Kei Ho:

"The self-funded PhD: nine student lives"  http://www.guardian.co.uk/higher-education-network/blog/2013/jun/06/self-funded-phd-student-lives


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