Signing Off

Not sure how many of you might actually be reading this, or how often even, but thought I’d let those who are know. I’m signing off this blog, unfortunately. Being a final year PhD student is a lot of work, just on it’s own, and I’ve got more than just a PhD to do. And […]

Looking back on the MA

It’s strange being ‘back’ at the same university. It’s the first time I’ve returned to a degree at a school I’ve previously graduated from. It makes for interesting moments now and then. And this October has been the strangest yet for me and I’m not sure why. I would have thought that first October, being […]


So, apparently I need to update this blog more often. Of course, that would imagine something interesting happens more than once a month in my academic life, which, as a PhD student, it doesn’t. But it’s the start of term now and we have a boatload (literally) of MAs who have just started and also […]

Excitement Grows

We have (at present) 7 full-time PhD students starting this October. Which is wonderful news. Last year the numbers were very down and that made it difficult to organise some of the things we were hoping to. With that many new students, helping hands will not be lacking! Of course, out of seven, we might […]


I have no idea what has happened to the last 4 months. I feel like just yesterday I was getting ready to leave for the Camino, and now I’ve been back for two and a half months. Scary! I miss it terribly, at all times of the day. And in some ways I even miss […]

Life Dilemmas

When you start a PhD, objectively you know it’s something you do mostly on your own. You don’t have classes to attend, you may be off in another country doing field work, you are not required to show your face in your department except about once a month…it’s an individual journey at it’s core. It […]

Normality is Restored

I wish I could just press a button and return to normal that easily. But then, that would rather defeat the purpose. Holidays are wonderful things; small breaks from reality where you can relax and de-stress. I was not on holiday, despite what many of my friends seem to think. I can honestly say the […]

And We’re Off

I’ll post again in about 6 weeks!

Adventure Awaits

18 days to go, which pretty much means I am through to the ‘can I just go already?’ stage of anxiety. The problem with being so organised is that I tend to me too organised and thus I am packed and planned and ready to go. Unfortunately, the plane doesn’t leave until the 30th. Or […]


Yes, it’s a word. It means to procrastinate by means of baking All The Things. Preferably stuff that is sugar free and vegan, at least in my department. However, I also find that baking makes me more productive and I usually get a fair amount of work done before and after on baking day. As […]

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