This manuscript aims to embed a researcher’s reflexive account within a qualitative interview in an iterative process whereby a self-analytic reflexive exercise was conducted prior to, during the interview, and within the analysis of the interview. This interview was conducted between an overseas PhD student as an interviewer and a native PhD student as interviewee. The researcher’s (interviewer) demonstration of learning about herself is of particular importance in this piece of work. Having the chance to conduct this interview between an overseas PhD student and a native student provided insights about the stereotypes implanted within the researcher which meant that she assumed that a PhD is more stressful for overseas than for home students.


Qualitative Research, Interviews, Reflexive Accounts, International Students, Learning Experience, Thematic Analysis

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Nashwa Ibrahim is a lecturer of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing, Mansoura University, Egypt. Correspondence regarding this article can be addressed directly to: Nashwa Ibrahim at, Nashwa_2005@mans.edu.eg.

Alison Edgley is an associate professor of Social Sciences in Health and Director for the MA Research Methods (Health Pathway) programme, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Room D87, Queen's Medical Centre, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, NG7 2UH, UK. Correspondence regarding this article can also be addressed directly to: Alison Edgley at alison.edgley@nottingham.ac.uk.


We would like to express our deep thanks to the study participant who allowed the first author and gave her the chance to go through and travel within herself by engaging in this self-reflexive exercise through conducting the interview with him.

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