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PHD Student Profile
Listen to Arti's experience undertaking a PHD with The Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences, at University of Melbourne.
Student profile: Hayley Singer
A PhD provides time and space to think and write with the support of exceptional supervisors and a healthy store of research-related resources. I could have continued to write without completing a PhD, however, there were critical questions that troubled me:
Can I write an innovative piece of prose without understanding how writing works within (and without) the context of diverse literary histories? What tactics and techniques, poetics and politics fuel the novels, novellas, and short stories that excite me? These questions drive me through the day-to-day of my writing life, while my candidature offers crucial support within a community of writers that inspire and buoy me as I critically and creatively explore the possibilities offered up by my key questions.
That writing and researching have been my full-time pursuits for the past three years is perhaps the most enjoyable and challenging aspect of the PhD. Also, last year I was awarded a travelling scholarship to spend seven weeks researching and writing in France. This was a very productive time and, in many ways, the fulfillment of a long held dream.
In 2011, the Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences received an Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) ranking of 5 across 7 areas of study, and a further ranking of 4 across 15 areas of study. The scores, determined by the Australian Research Council, are well above the world average.
To carry out our research, we align with several research schools and centres.