“Doing” a Doctorate – week 45

Published on Sunday 16th September 2018 by DJ Kirkby

I had set myself the target of starting assignment 4 but I spent Saturday having a life and Sunday prepping for teaching this week soooooo…..it didn’t happen. I must make a start this week because I need to have the first draft done by Oct…and actually I should have been working on it during my summer hols which turned into recovery from eye surgery so I am very far behind and feeling a bit panicky. Oh wait, that’s actually my normal state of mind so I guess I am coping quite well after all, haha.

Week 45 in review: read week 43 and 44 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 accepted for publication.  Poster about the CILVRS project pilot VRLE has been accepted for the Wessex CSIP Safety, Quality & Improvement Conference 2018 and awarded highly commended status. I’ve finished the draft of the second CILVRS article so I need to send it to co-authors for their comment  / contribution.
Doctorate assignment words written – assignment 3  and submitted. Now time to get working on assignment 4.
Cups of tea drunk –  Lost count, tea is so perfect, more tea please.
Miles run – Zero (eye surgeon’s orders) walked 5k (slowly) instead. Fair to say that marathon training isn’t going as well as it should, haha.
Kilometers swam -Zero (eye surgeon’s orders)
Miles cycled -Zero (eye surgeon’s orders)
Cakes baked –   Chocolate layer cake and lemon loaf (see photo at end of post).
Crafting  done- Knitting on pause during this hot weather
Books read for pleasure –  I’m still reading the book I started last week – not much time for reading because I’m working 6 days a week at the moment.    (see 2018 reading page for link to book reviews)
Books read for doctorate – None this week
Movies / videos watched for doctorate – The 100
Articles read for doctorate – Virtual labs,
Blogs read for doctorate – None this week
Research undertaken – None this week
Meetings with doctorate supervisors – none this week
Meetings with ALN / LD support – Meeting arranged for mid Oct
Average level of guilt felt when trying to squeeze doctorate days in work diary
Overall average stress level – high
Average success rate – pretty good actually

Plan for next week:

  • Endure extra eye op on 18th (to try and resolve post surgery complication).
  • Wait for my eye to fully heal
  • 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!)
  • Begin first draft of assignment 4
  • Work
  • Bake
  • Have a life

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