Postdoc Takeover Week

27 - 31 March: new posts published every day

Postdoctoral researchers from The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities (TORCH), of which Routledge (part of the Taylor & Francis Group) is a cultural partner, are taking over our Insights blog this week.

Read about the issues that affect today’s researchers with five guest posts that cover advice and tips on how to make your research creative, keeping research active, using film to communicate your research, and more.


What is creative research? (and why it matters)

Dr Toby Young, Gianturco Junior Research Fellow in Music and Philosophy at Linacre College, University of Oxford

In a harder job market than ever, young academics need to stand out to avoid being branded as boring. We’ve all heard the buzzword of creativity, but how can it help to actually enhance your research? Toby Young shares three simple suggestions.


Don’t get it right; get it written

Dr Margaret Coombe, Lecturer in History and Tutor for Study Skills at Harris Manchester College, University of Oxford

For new postgraduate or early career researchers, the desire to ‘get it right’ can cause a huge amount of worry and stress. But good enough is, erm, good enough. Of course, it’s easy to say ‘get it written’, but how? Margaret Coombe shares her tips to help you get underway with your latest research project.


Adventures in film ― research through the camera lens

Dr Alex Lloyd, Lecturer in German at Magdalen College & St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford

Are you interested in experimenting with amateur film-making as a way to both better understand your material, and get your research out there? It can be easier than you think. Alex Lloyd shares her experiences as well as practical tips and advice to help you get started.


My ‘irrelevant’ PhD

Dr Philippa Byrne, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in Medieval History at Somerville College, University of Oxford

There is a problem: an implicit assumption that there’s a hierarchy of useful things to study, and a humanities PhD is pretty low on that list. If your research area doesn’t have immediate application, it doesn’t do a lot for your self-image as a researcher, or improve your feelings towards your research. Philippa Byrne shares her experiences.


Staying research active

Dr Cressida Ryan, Instructor in New Testament Greek at the Faculty of Theology and Religion, University of Oxford

So, you have submitted your thesis and are now applying for jobs. At the same time you’re teaching to earn a living. The temptation can be to let research drop, but keeping it going is valuable, and often easier than expected. Cressida Ryan shares some reasons why it still matters, and a few suggestions for how to keep going.


New posts published every day between 27 – 31 March. Check back for the latest insights and follow the discussion on Twitter @tandfauthorserv