By Vince Knight, Cardiff University, Olivia Wilson, University of Southampton, Shoaib Sufi, Software Sustainability Institute, Steve Crouch, Software Sustainability Institute, and Ian Gent, University of St Andrews.
"Congratulations Dr Smith"
The words every PhD student dreams of hearing, at least if your name is Smith. First from your examiners, and then soon afterwards from your supervisor. And then those words every PhD student dreads of hearing from your supervisor…
"Just before you go to your super-rich quant futures job on Wall Street, could you just …
…. hand over your code to my new PhD student please?"
You remember the same conversation three years ago, when you saw your predecessor Dr Jones stammer and make excuses, and promise to send their code to you "in a few weeks after I’ve tidied it up." You suppose technically that 156 weeks might be described as "a few weeks" but certainly you’ve never seen that software. Software that was good enough to get a PhD for Dr Jones, but not good enough to pass on to the next student. All you can say is
"No, I’m sorry Prof Patel, I can’t hand it on,... ".…Continue Reading