A strange and yet not so strange thing has happened. My PhD is over. Submitted. Viva-d. Corrected. Resubmitted. Deposited. Bound. All that remains is graduation and hopefully a rather large party to celebrate it in July 2016. I made it out the other side. I have emerged blinking and I appear to be in one… Continue reading PhD Completed
Early in my PhD I had a conversation with my supervisors about locating the relevant sources for my research. We knew it would be a challenge and it was a significant factor in how I chose my case studies. While the main youth associations in London and Liverpool had both deposited significant amounts of material in… Continue reading Archives in the wild: researching local youth clubs in London and Liverpool
I have just got back from an exhausting but excellent research trip to Liverpool where I have been immersing myself in the history of youth clubs and youth work as well as getting to know the city a little better. On the second day, while visiting a club whose papers I have read, I was… Continue reading Walking Liverpool: dynamic understandings of youth and youth work in Liverpool
This title could well read 'How long does a PhD take!' That would perhaps reflect the sense that though I have travelled a great distance towards completing my PhD in the last three years, it is not finished yet. I am entering my continuation year, or 'writing-up' period as it is also known. The terms of… Continue reading How long does a PhD take?
I am sure no one has noticed that my blog went quiet for a while. Without airing my personal life via social media, the last few months have been a time where I felt I needed to hunker down and blogging just could not be a priority. Now that I'm adapting to a new normal… Continue reading Reflections on blogging
On Friday 7th February 2014 I co-organised a workshop at the Humanities Research Centre, University of York for PhD students and practitioner researchers who use oral history or interviewing methods as part of their research. The event was funded by the Humanities Research Centre and supported by the VAHS New Researchers Committee. The day comprised of… Continue reading Oral Histories of Voluntary Action
My PhD supervisor has written a couple of blog posts about her experience of pregnancy and motherhood having spent the last term on maternity leave. However supervisors can be absent for a number of reasons, such as illness, research trips away from the university etc. Reading my supervisors pieces got me thinking about it from another… Continue reading Supervisor Absence
This post originally appeared on the VAHS Blog in March 2013 I've been watching the Channel 4 programme ‘Secret Millions’. The programme is a step on from the popular C4 format ‘Secret Millionaire’ where wealthy people give some of their money away to shocked recipients and the good causes they have been working with. The new show is… Continue reading Breaking new ground or digging up the past?
It is the time of year when prospective doctoral candidates are polishing research proposals as they go off in search of the rarity that is a fully funded PhD place. My department has just announced this year's deadlines. It is a time I remember only too well and now I can reflect on it from… Continue reading Applying for PhD funding?
Today, 25th November 2013, I spoke on BBC Radio Merseyside about my oral history project. I appeared on the Sean Styles morning show, where he talked about the youth clubs he went to and got his listeners to phone in with their own stories. I discussed the people I am looking to interview for my… Continue reading BBC Radio Merseyside: Appeal for Oral History Participants