What a rollercoaster! This time last week I was in a hotel room in Bristol (booked in advance by my thoughtful partner) frantically going over my thesis and the notes I had prepared for my viva, which was scheduled for 10am the following morning. I had told only a few people that my viva was… Continue reading I Did It! I Passed My PhD Viva!
Hello readers, I’m back. I broke the cardinal rule of blogging and just… stopped. Mea culpa. It has been quite a year. Mostly in really good ways. Also in some terrible ones. Let me briefly explain. I’ve just been looking back at some of the things I said in my post ‘2016: The Year of… Continue reading Why I Haven’t Written a Blog Post in Over a Year, and Why I’m Back
‘But all this year’s been a busy blur; don’t think I have the energy…’ The festive tune ‘Christmas Wrapping’ by The Waitresses struck a real chord with me this December. As the year drew to a close, I found myself tired, stressed, and with my energy reserves completely drained. 2015 was a perfect storm… Continue reading 2016: The Year of Balance
When Georgie Norgate, one of my lovely undergraduate students, approached me to ask if she could interview me for a new student radio show she was starting up, I was flattered. Actually I experienced a whole range of involuntary reactions in quick succession, from horror (I HATE my voice); to curiosity (what’s it like being on the… Continue reading Interview: Arthurian Literature and Legend, Postgraduate Studies, Career Advice
A year-and-a-half after upping sticks from London to York to start a PhD, I’m now halfway (at least theoretically!) through my three-year programme. This moment seems like a good time to take stock, look back over the past 18 months, and see what has changed since I last wrote about my experiences at the 6… Continue reading Halfway There…
At the end of 2012 I wrote a blog post explaining Why I Decided to Quit My Job and Move 200 Miles to do a PhD. Now, half a year later, I take a look back at the first six months of my PhD and consider the highs, the lows and what it’s been like… Continue reading 6 Months into the PhD
Happy New Year to one and all! I hope that 2013 is treating you all well so far, and if not, that you manage to whip it into submission soon. As it’s a new year I’ve decided to do something different. Despite appearances I haven’t time-travelled ahead by four years – I’m not writing this… Continue reading Guest Post: Four years down the PhD road…