Dear Doctorate – Year 2, week 48

Published on Monday 22nd July 2019 by DJ Kirkby

Dear Doctorate Diary,

Two posts in one month, how lucky are you?

I have submitted my transfer report and my transfer viva has been scheduled for Friday 13th Sept – good thing I am not superstitious.

I very much enjoyed presenting my VRLE to the symposium delegates at parliament last week. I was lucky that Daden Ltd. (the developers of my VRLE content)got the first safeguarding VRLE compatible with Oculus Quest in time for the event. It was great being able to demo the VRLE using the Quest which is a very fine bit of kit. I feel confident that my students will be safe experiencing the VRLE with a Quest headset due to the way it reacts when the user moves outside the safety boundaries. When that happens, the user is able to see the area that they are in outside of the virtual world. Very clever! Shame I only have one to use with our students but the price is still out of my reach.  The feedback from those who experienced the VRLE at the symposium was overwhelmingly positive and a great boost after all these months of hard work, much of which was done in my non-work time.

I appear to have reached the age where I can acquire an injury simply by sitting too long. I was proofreading my transfer report last Monday evening and realised that my back felt very sore. It’s been a  week now and it’s still sore. I can’t sit, stand, lie down, run, cycle, swim or kayak. I’ve checked NHS Choices for guidance and it seems to be (paraphrased) as follows:

  • Back pain is very common, especially in people like you who are OLD and OVERWEIGHT.
  • Don’t worry about it unless your back pain has lasted longer than 12 weeks.
  • If your legs / bladder / breathing are affected  by your back pain then you can feel free to try and get a doctor’s appointment sooner (but we’re not guaranteeing your doctor will have an appointment free).

So, I am trying to ignore my back pain and hoping it goes away.

I guess that’s all for now as I need to finish some writing ready for submission for publication.

Week 46 – 48 in review: read week 46 by clicking here

Publishable doctorate words writtenVirtual health education: scaling practice to transform student learning article has been made available online by Nurse Education Today – click here for more info. Future Technologies Conference 2018 article NoObesity Apps – from approach to finished app has been published.I will finish the second CILVRS article ready for submission to Nurse Education in Practice.

Doctorate assignment words written – circa 9,500 of draft of transfer doc (go me!)
Cups of tea drunk –  Lost count, tea is so perfect, more tea please.
Miles run – Zero, because back injury!
Kilometres swam – Zero, because back injury.
Miles kayaked – Zero, because back injury.
Miles cycled – Zero because back injury.
Cakes baked –  Check out my Instagram page or my recipe page for bakes.
Crafting  done- youngest’s trousers are still waiting to be sewn up but all of the everything has taken priority over that. Sorry son!
Books read for pleasure –  Manymanymany, because holiday in June  (see 2019 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate –  Fail your viva by Nathan Ryder.
Movies / videos watched for doctorate – I Am Mother, also currently watching the Dark Matter series, one episode per day.
Articles read for doctorate
Blogs read for doctorate –  Next Scientist – Deep Work,
Research undertaken
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – None, though one of the CEMP team is looking at my transfer report draft, I guess that counts as a meeting of sorts?
Meetings with ALN / LD support – Assignment support dates and tutorials agreed for rest of year.
Average level of guilt felt when trying to squeeze doctorate days in work diary – high
Overall average stress level – moderate.
Average success rate – acceptable

Plan for  July.

  • Prep for viva
  • Complete Research Ethics Checklist
  • Decide if I am going to apply for promotion to senior lecturer
  • Try to work less than 10 -12 hours a day (this is probably not compatible with the above point though)

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