A Vision for ‘MeetingofMinds’

Our vision is to create a social network which encourages mutually beneficial networks for the research community. This will start from the earliest point of a researchers career, supporting them through the stages of post-graduate education, and then onto a career in professional research.

Designing a Social Network for Todays World

Our site will be preferred by our targeted user groups  because it is perceived as highly trustworthy and useful to them.

As a type of matching site, it will support optimal stable student-supervisory matches, and as a social network it will also offer a number of other options/benefits to student and academic users.

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User Research: PhD Students Looking for Supervisors

Supervision is key to a PHD students’ success.

The Web is full stories of students finding it difficult to locate and work with PhD supervisors, this includes stories about PhD supervision that has ended up being a negative experience.

Across universities and disciplines, many students seem to have been poorly briefed on how they to develop their research proposal and then find the right match.

Fuller (2015) reported that 70–87% of full-time PhD candidates across 30 institutions in the UK completed in 7 years, but doctoral attrition rates are high in North America: an estimated 40% to 50% of candidates never finish.  This level of non completion alongside a rise in the number of students enrolling in PhDs.

Lecture Classroom Education Student University

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Welcome to the ‘MeetingofMinds’ Project

Hi from the ‘Meeting of Minds’ Team 

The team includes

  • Kholoud: the web technologist who came up with the idea for this platform – and wants to build it.
  • Nina:  the social scientist who want explore ways in which different groups of people can positively socially network with each other, and is acting as the project manager for this project.
  • Ema:  the web technologist who wants to build this platform with the help of Kholoud.
  • Supanoot: who is acting as the blog administrator, and will use her expertise in digital business and entrepreneurship to support the Team in producing the research and strategies needed for this project.

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