Imposter Phenomenon

One unexpected block to finishing a thesis is ‘imposter phenomenon’ or ‘imposter syndrome’, a feeling that some students – often very good ones – have that their final degree work will reveal the weaknesses they have been successfully hiding up until this point. I remember being baffled as a thesis supervisor when I first came across this when my best student almost dropped out of her degree.

The following programme isn’t particularly focused on students, but there has been research on imposter phenomenon in universities.

BBC Radio 4 programme (30 mins) :