The little plate has sat on my bookshelf ever since and is often a subject of discussion when colleagues visit me.Last year at this time I did a post on what to buy a Ph D student for Christmas, so I thought I’d continue the tradition this year with one on gifts for supervisors.
Others thought that giving a gift to a person who is doing their job is not appropriate in any circumstances.
When I asked on Twitter what people were buying their Ph D supervisor I was surprised by the range of different responses.
Some people had no idea what to buy and expressed interest in such a post because the etiquette for this situation is so opaque.
I can whip through a whole draft in a couple of afternoons, sitting by the pool watching Thesis Whisperer Jnr swim, but find it stressful to do this kind of thing during the year, when I come home from work tired.
Check first though – not every supervisor finds wielding the big red pen a fun way to spend their down time.