“Doing” a Doctorate – week 39

Published on Saturday 4th August 2018 by DJ Kirkby

It’s been a week with things to make me smile (see, it’s not all histrionics).

I finished the first draft of assignment number 3. I’m feeling ok about having to spend my summer holiday working on assignment number 4 (see previous posts for why I am having to work so far in advance).

I am one step away from being granted funding for the next Virtual Reality Learning Environment (VRLE) for my CILVRS project. This VRLE is going to be related to skills required for safeguarding children which is massively important for (everyone) healthcare students to learn. This VRLE will give them space immerse themselves in the environment of a virtual client home, meet the family, listen to what they all have to say, see how they all behave,  consider their living conditions, and then work with the family to safeguard appropriately. The VRLE will also allow students to experience and participate as part of a multidisciplinary child protection conference. A better experience for learners should translate into a better safeguarding experience for all involved (research ongoing).

The Wessex Safety, Quality & Improvement Conference committee liked my CILVRS project poster: “I am writing to confirm that we would be delighted for you to display your poster at this event. In addition, your poster has also been recognised as “Highly Commended” by the panel. This means your poster will be part of the poster competition on the day – congratulations! We have over 200 delegates attending the day so this is a fantastic opportunity to highlight your work.” I’m going to keep that niceness here on my blog so I can come back and smile about it whenever I need to.

Week 39 in review: read week 38 by clicking here
Publishable doctorate words written – NET article minor amendments made and resubmitted. FTC18 article is finished.  CILVRS project poster finished. Working on draft of second CILVRS article.
Doctorate assignment words written – 3957
Cups of tea drunk – eleventymillion, let’s be honest, this number is never going to change….I think I’m an addict
Miles run – 3 (Marathon training is gong well. NOT!)
Kilometers swam – None, training  to swim 5k in the swimathon next year is going well. NOT!
Miles cycled – Zero ( can’t see well enough to cycle safely)
Cakes baked –  Plum and peach crumble, raspberry and strawberry lattice pie. (see photos at end of post).
Crafting  done- Knitting on pause during this hot weather
Books read for pleasure – You Were Gone by Tim Weaver (see 2018 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate – None this week
Movies / videos watched for doctorate – None this week
Articles read for doctorate
Blogs read for doctorate –
Research undertaken – None this week
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – none (not in a place where I have anything to show)
Meetings with ALN / LD support – Draft of assignment 3 submitted to LD for comment
Average level of guilt felt when trying to squeeze doctorate days in work diary – No guilt felt as I didn’t even try to work this bit of magic
Overall average stress level – moderate
Average success rate – acceptable

Plan for next week:

  • Wait for eye op appointment to arrive (waiting list breach date was June 15th – now needs to be before 1st Oct or after 20th Nov as can’t fly for 4 weeks after surgery and have long haul flight to FTC18 conference)
  • Wait for husband’s referral date to new specialist to find out extent of damage caused by illness number two (he’s received a letter informing him there are currently NO appointments!)
  • Bake!!!
  • Continue knitting cannula arms sleeves for dementia patients
  • Start assignment 4
  • Work on draft second CILVRS article
  • Finish first draft of assignment three
  • Read more for fun
  • Allow myself to get distracted by all things shiny and appreciate that for the future creativity and benefit it may add to my doctorate

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