PhD Advisory Group

What is the PhD Advisory Group?


The PhD Advisory Group is made up of two self-advocates who have experience of advocacy or research.

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What do we do?



The Advisors help Emma to plan her work and to be a better researcher.





We tell Emma what we think is good and what is not so good about the way she is doing her work.





We check that Emma’s work is accessible.





Advisors  come to 2 or 3 meetings per year. Each meeting is about 2 hours long. We are paid for each meeting we attend.





We are based in North Tipperary and East Clare. We pick a time and a meeting place that suits everyone.


Our work so far

The Advisory Group works with Emma on all parts of her research project, from developing the question, to planning the research, to methods, analysis, write-up and sharing the information.

Meeting 1: learning about the project; working on the research question; thinking about methods and research tools.

Meeting 2: planning recruitment; writing up the information letters; thinking about questions for the FAQ.

Meeting 3: developing the interview guides; discussion about how to do ethnographic data collection.

Meeting 4: ethical issues – how to deal with privacy and anonymity when the participants can be easily identified.

Meeting 5: reporting back on field data; restructuring the thesis to best fit the findings.

Meeting 6: analysis of the research – asking questions and looking at the data to find answers.

Our next steps will be planning another community engagement action and working together to make accessible reports about the research.