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Russell - did you do any paid work during the PhD?
Name: Russell
PhD discipline: History
Area(s) of work: BBC archives; university teaching
Year of graduation: 1998
Date of Interview: 02/06/2008

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Russell explains why he didn’t seek any paid work during his PhD.

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Did you do any paid work during your PhD? 

Not during it no because I was kind of, I was worried it would interfere and make it drag it out even longer and I had a real fear of it dragging out, I kind of, at the place I was, there were a few people mucking around, it seemed they were on their seventh year of their PhD and I was just thinking 'my god, I can't do that' because you're just aware that in job specs, you know, one of the things everyone wants to know is if you can manage your time and if you can't manage your time when you're doing a PhD, where it's totally down to you, then it's not good. So I didn't take any work while I was doing my PhD although you know, one person, my partner at the time, she had to, she had no funding at all so she had to do part-time work and it was very difficult, very difficult for her.

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