Jessica Hadjis van Thiel
"I’ve really enjoyed the diversity and opportunity Surrey offers. Every time I’m on campus I’m exposed to different academic, professional and social opportunities."
CoDE offers even more incentive to pursue a PhD at Surrey due to the Centre’s reputation for forward thinking, innovative and practical research.
Digital economy legislation and its implementation in an uncertain political climate is a new research area with so many unanswered questions.
I believe there is a unique opportunity in political and economic history to research how government will react to domestic and international pressures to deliver both Brexit and the Digital Economy Act (and its intended benefits to society). This research may have widespread and profound implications on society and the economy, and I am keen to know more.
I have really enjoyed my time at Surrey. The experience has been engaging and enlightening both as a researcher and on a personal note. I’ve learned so much in my first year from the modules and from discussions with my supervisors and colleagues. Most importantly, I have learned what the expectations of a researcher are and how to approach my new role.
Life at the University of Surrey is never dull. There is no typical day for me as every day is quite different. One of the best things about Surrey is that there is plenty of opportunity to get involved and engage with your faculty, school and department. There are regular conferences, seminars and festivals on throughout the year to keep you connected to peer research. As I am based in France, I also use the on campus accommodation on a regular basis. It’s extremely practical for busy days of seminars, modules and meetings on campus!
"I have learned so much about methodology, writing and professional development in my field."
In my first year, I have learned so much about methodology, writing and professional development in my field.
The past year has provided me with the tools to be able to conduct research of the highest quality. I’ve used the following resources which have been extremely helpful: Research Integrity, Ethics and Governance surgeries; Researcher Development Programme workshops; and the researcher and writing café.
As a doctoral student of the Centre of Digital Economy, I am regularly exposed to opportunities to collaborate with other researchers and academics as it is an interdisciplinary field in nature. I have had the opportunity to collaborate with the Centre for Environment and Sustainability, the Centre for Social Innovation Management and with other departments within Surrey Business School.
I’ve really enjoyed the diversity and opportunity Surrey offers. Every time I’m on campus I’m exposed to different academic, professional and social opportunities. I am currently a member of both the Institute of Directors and the Centre for Social Innovation Management, am on the Athena Swan committee, I’m an ambassador for the University of Surrey postgraduate offer holders group and I mentor both MBA and new doctoral students."