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 July 2013 I hope that my positions on the New Researchers Committee and as co-publicity secretary for VAHS do not stop you from taking me seriously when I say how impressed I was with new researchers' presence at #VAHS2013. My overriding impression was of the size and strength… Continue reading New Researchers at #VAHS2013
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
In conjunction with Bridget Lockyer, a colleague on the Voluntary Action History Society New Researchers Committee I have been involved in organising an upcoming event on Oral Histories of Voluntary Action. This is especially timely given that ethical approval for my own project came through last week and I will embarking on my own oral histories very shortly. The event… Continue reading Oral Histories of Voluntary Action: An Interdisciplinary Workshop
Today I received the notification that the Research Ethics Committee for my department at the University of Kent have granted me approval to conduct oral histories with people in and around the youth clubs I am researching for my PhD. This committee assesses proposals from staff and students planning to undertake research involving members of… Continue reading Oral History and Ethical Approval
Last week I attended a workshop on teaching the history of voluntary action at the University of Liverpool, financed by the Economic History Society. Following the recent resurgence of voluntary action history in research, this event provided an opportunity to consider how this research can be brought into our teaching and what this might look… Continue reading Workshop: Teaching the History of Voluntary Action