When Ethics become more than a paper pushing exercise….

After completing my panel in October I have been working through completing the ethics forms for my PhD study. Originally it was seen to have a low risk level. However, from my panel feedback and discussions with colleagues in the department it appears that from the wording on the ethics form my study is actually Read More …

Time and Memory (and research(er) narratives)

This quote caught my eye: “Time and memory are a fussy firm on interior decorators, always shifting the furniture about and redesigning and even reassigning rooms” (p.28) Banville, John (2012). Ancient Light. London: Viking/Penguin. A timely reminder, if ever we needed it, of the great importance of maintaining a Research(er) Journal THROUGHOUT the process and Read More …

Methods @ Manchester

Do you all know about this one? Methods @ manchester Highlighting the depth and breadth of methodological expertise in the social sciences at the University of Manchester. Promoting and facilitating methodological excellence, innovation and inter-disciplinarity. http://www.methods.manchester.ac.uk/

Induction week experience

Having just participated in the post-graduate Induction Week, I would like to share a few comments on this overwhelmingly positive experience. First of all, as an in-context student, I realised the importance of face to face contacts with my supervisors and the rest of the academic community, or other tutors, administrators and fellow PhD students. I Read More …

Eljee's developing researcher narrative: where am I?

I enter into the discussion melee rather late in the game.  I’m not a great blogger and end up lurking online bouncing between posts and forums.  But I would like to (finally) add my thoughts on the discussion on reflective/reflexive area.  Since I’m late in the conversation I won’t address the plethora of what’s been Read More …

Discourse analysis anyone?

Greetings to you all!  Now that the summer is here most of us, I suspect, are either: a) buried under the pile of reading for a dissertation/abstract/research b)  teaching / working crazy hours during the summer to make ends meet for the fall c) procrastinating by doing anything (i.e. online shopping, lurking on Facebook, blogging Read More …