PhD Year 1: Thinking

This being my last post in my week long challenge, brevity is the name of the game - it's Friday evening and I'm totally out of juice. My thinking spaces across the week included the train, the library (with views of the sea) and the beach; and the sun shone throughout which helps no end. Spaces... Continue Reading →

PhD Year 1: Threads

Daily reminders in the form of emails from the University of Edinburgh inform me of vast numbers of presentations, training workshops, seminars, support opportunities and social events. Mostly I let them flow past me, quickly scanning to determine the relevance, the majority ending up deleted, but occasionally I get a tinge of FOMO. It would... Continue Reading →

PhD Year 1: Calmer waters

Having moved jobs since the fog descended, both role and institution (an exciting change of circumstances), I am now in a much calmer mental place. In addition, after a couple of really productive supervisor meetings I have stopped constantly worrying that I am 'behind' and am slowly navigating towards a point on the very distant... Continue Reading →

PhD Year 1: More hurdles

My good Twitter friend and fellow #mscde colleague Sandra sent me this lovely message back in January. I side stepped the issue by replying with a brief message back to say I was adding the advice chart to my (never ending) reading list. Sandra is also inspirational in her regular posts about her journey on... Continue Reading →

Gearing up for my PhD: Induction

I've been seriously neglecting my PhD posts so I'm going to do a speed catch up over the week, starting off with the official start date: 1st October 2018, Induction Day. As I'm an unofficially distance student it was great to get to Edinburgh for this but I wondered how much would be relevant to... Continue Reading →

OER19: tears, laughter and hope

OER was the one conference over the years that was always on my 'must go' list but I never felt that I had a legitimate reason. I wasn't formally involved in open education, either for research or teaching and learning. Yet, by default, I am an open practitioner, I instinctively share and ensure that as... Continue Reading →

2018: A Year of Fun

Good grief if I don't press the Publish button now it is going to be 2020, I've already rewritten this about three times and it's not as if it is a work of literary genius. Looking back to this time last year I was reticent about doing a 2017 round up as it had been... Continue Reading →

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