A new mobilities approach to re-examining the doctoral journey: mobility and fixity in borderlands space

Smith McGloin, R. ORCID: 0000-0001-9074-4596, 2021. A new mobilities approach to re-examining the doctoral journey: mobility and fixity in borderlands space. Teaching in Higher Education, 26 (3), pp. 283-292. ISSN 1356-2517

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This paper explores doctoral candidates’ experiences of making progress through the doctoral space. We engage concepts associated with the ‘new mobilities’ paradigm (Urry, J. 2007. Mobilities. Cambridge: Polity Press) to provide insight into the candidate experience of the doctoral journey; exploring specifically the interplay between the fixed structure provided by institutional-level progression frameworks that are commonly implemented by UK universities to measure ‘timely progress’ across disciplines and the borderlands space that enables and facilitates intellectual freedom, creativity, becoming and adventure. Drawing on notions of ‘moorings’, ‘home on the move’, ‘connectivity and transit spaces’ and ‘rhizomic thinking’ we analyse narrative data generated through the reflective diaries of doctoral candidates at a modern university in the English Midlands to offer new insight into how universities can provide better doctoral education, that supports: candidates to make a contribution to knowledge; protects well-being; and facilitates timely completion.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Teaching in Higher Education
Creators: Smith McGloin, R.
Publisher: Routledge
Date: 12 March 2021
Volume: 26
Number: 3
ISSN: 1356-2517
Rights: © 2021 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. Made OA retrospectively via the Taylor & Francis read and publish deal.
Divisions: Schools > School of Social Sciences
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 22 Mar 2021 09:49
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2021 08:40
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/42551

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