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Russell - reasons for 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 recollects how his experiences of working outside HE made him want to return to academia.

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Why did you do a PhD?

I did a PhD because when I left university I went and got a job which was fine but after a couple of years I realised I missed doing history and I didn't like the kind of work structure. That seemed to be an alternative to it which was the kind of very rigid nine to five, at the time I was living in London and the commuting and that kind of stuff and I just didn't like it at all. I realised I missed, I didn't miss the student lifestyle, I didn't particularly like the student lifestyle but what I did miss was the research side of things, reading about stuff that I'm interested in and thinking about stuff that I'm interested in and writing about stuff that I'm interested in, so I made the decision really after two years of work that I wanted to get out of that and go back into academia. 

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