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Russell - obstacles to doing a 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 outlines the financial implications of undertaking a PhD

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Did you have to overcome any significant obstacles in order to embark on your PhD? 

I suppose, two related ones are suddenly money disappears and secondly you then have to find money so those are two interrelated factors because I was on not a particularly good wage but I was earning money and then you go into a PhD and you get funding but it's always minimum so you, I had to overcome that. Secondly, not so much getting accepted to do a PhD but having some kind of means to do it which either, for most people means part-time I suppose or getting a funding body to fund you and that's quite difficult and is, it's never enough money for you to properly live off so you have to kind of, the obstacle is to get over is a kind of money tree one.

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