I am studying at the University of Newcastle (UON). My topic is about Tourism in schools in Zimbabwe and what student’s think/notice/feel about tourism. I am hoping to use child-centred methodology and methods to find this, but as we all know in research, things can change!

I created this blog as I felt very alone in the research process. It was originally an outlet for my feelings about beginning a PhD, but now I am hoping by sharing my feelings other PhD candidates will know they aren’t alone. In addition to this, I co-founded the School of Education HDR club at UON to create more support for HDR students.

I am also a causal academic and research officer at UON. You can get in contact with me on Twitter (thekatsmithers) or via email kathleen.smithers@uon.edu.au




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