A personal reflection on doctoral student progression during the COVID-19 pandemic


  • Nomathemba Ndlovu Flinders University




doctoral student progression, Covid-19


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How to Cite

Ndlovu, N. (2021) “A personal reflection on doctoral student progression during the COVID-19 pandemic”, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, (22). doi: 10.47408/jldhe.vi22.754.