Doctoral studies – week one AGAIN!

Published on Saturday 11th November 2017 by DJ Kirkby

This week has been a bit….crazy! I decided to switch from a PhD to an EdD as it suited my research focus more. Problem number one – I had to write and submit a research proposal VERY quickly. Problem number two – the EdD programme began in Oct. Much to my relief, I have been offered a place on the EdD based on my research proposal (you know, the research I’ve already begun? Got lucky there!)! Go me.

This does mean that as soon as I am enrolled I will need to play a bit of catch up to get to the same place as the rest of the cohort. AND, ‘back in the day’ I never was much good at catching things, but that was before it was noted that I had the eyesight of a worm, so perhaps I’ll find it easier now that I can keep my corrected vision on the ball. Right, that’s more than enough wittering, I’m off to store the cupcakes (see below) in an airtight container, a.k.a. my belly.

Week 1 (again) of 36 allocated (part time) doctorate weeks (Day 1 of 180): Read the original week one by clicking here
Publishable doctorate words written –  1200
Doctorate suitable papers published – none
Cups of tea drunk – eleventymillion
Miles run – 11.5
Cakes baked – 30 cupcakes (bubblegum and peach bellini – see pics at bottom of post)
Crafting done – many rows of blanket for imminent grandson
Books read for pleasureFree From All Danger by Chris Nickson and Sal by Mike Kitson (see 2017 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate – one chapter of Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks
Blogs read for doctorate – Dr Jenny Hall
Research undertaken – 44 of 46 students have completed the first survey
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – one and second one scheduled
Meetings with ALN support – one scheduled for Nov
Average level of guilt felt when squeezing doctorate days in work diary – moderate
Overall average stress level – tolerable
Average success rate – acceptable

Plan for next week:

  • meet with second supervisor
  • meet with ALN support
  • recruit students from the two other countries who have agreed to participate in research
  • decide focus group date (carried over from last week)
  • choose journals for possible publication of second article
  •  write 2nd draft of one article
  •  exercise
  •  bake
  • crochet more

6 comments so far

    • Well I think I manage partly because my youngest is a teenager and I don’t have a dog. Those two things do free up a lot of time. The Teen only wants me for butler and chef duty….

    • Keeping what up Jenny? I hope you are referring to the blogging, and not my doctoral studies. I do like to look on the silly side of life whenever I can, it’s makes everything so much easier to cope with. Wait ’till you read my update next week – I’ve already done something completely ridiculous in one of the categories on my EdD blog posts, and the new week has only just begun!

    • Not sure Jenny, I’d like it to, but as I haven’t written a thesis before I can’t imagine how it fits. I do want to be very creative and make my thesis really interesting in how it is written and presented though. I’ll see how far I can push the boundaries, and I am definitely in the right doctoral programme in relation to wishing to explore ways of communication and platforms for doing so. I cannot believe I am so excited about doing a doctorate! Who would have thought this possible?

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