July already?!

Again, it's been some time since my last post. Well, what can I say? I'm very busy.

Recent events:
24 June = Many Voices Conference, De Montfort University
26 June = Social Media: Uses and Abuses Conference #uanda, University of Leicester
01-02 July = Interrogations:

Formally reviewed

It's been some time since my last post, I put this down to being very busy.

Last week I had my Formal Review (like an Annual Review, but they call the first one a Formal Review). It went well and brought up some interesting points to think about.

I'm currently working on a range of things. The literature review continues (and will continue for some time yet, as guided by my case studies), I'm developing a conceptual framework, on which to base my methodologies and also doing things like finalising my poster for the regional competition, preparing my presentation for a conference and writing another conference paper.

And the winner is...

Last Wednesday (22nd April 2009) was the De Montfort University Research Degree Students' Poster Competition and Research Showcase event.

I had entered a poster and so got there ready to present my Poster and Research to a panel of judges and other interested parties.

At the end of the day the results were announced, and as you can imagine I was very pleased when I was awarded first place!

This means that I will now go on to the Regional Finals with the top-five poster winners from DMU.

Transdisciplinary texts

It's been a busy couple of days since the Easter holidays. I've found lots of papers about transdisciplinarity and am working my way through reading (and understanding) them.

Duck tales

I've had confirmation that my research has been ethically approved.

I'm currently working on a conference paper and wondering how best to record IOCT Duck's travels. IOCT Duck has just returned from Los Angeles, thanks to Ben, and there are some great photographs.

Signed, sealed, delivered

The registration document is in!

It's been completed, checked, signed and handed over to the Research Office. I should know by the end of the week if my ethics form was OK and if I've got ethical approval for the research.

So, it's on with the research and the writing. I'm working on interdisciplinarity and discipline boundaries at the moment.

And so it continues...

The registration document continues.

I've finished my poster and submitted it for the competition. People are coming to support me and it on the day, so that's really good.

My research has recently focused on interdisciplinarity and disciplne boundaries, as I'm writing a paper on this for a conference.

Variety is the spice of life

This week has included a lot of variety. I've been working on my Registration document, conference paper, general research and organising TECH1001, the module I'm a Part-Time Lecturer on.

The week started with a course in Microsoft PowerPoint. I managed to get through the work in half a day, so got on with some research in the afternoon.

Yesterday (Wednesday) was nicely varied; taught in the morning, went to Special Olympics Roadshow to get information about volunteering, lunch, watched a Flash Mob outside the Campus Centre, went to the library with Motje to give feedback about the new research students only rooms, ammended Registration document, went to watch Ben in the BCS Competition, and woohoo, Ben won! Obviously Ben's success required a celebration, so there was a visit to Level 1 for a quick drink.

Today (Thursday) I've been working on my poster and conference paper.

Election Fever

I've just returned from the Announcement of Election Results in Level 1, the Student's Union. Ben and I had gone to Level 1 to hear the results.

Good news, I have been elected as the Postgraduate/Research Student Officer 2009-2010! A huge thank you to all those who voted for me, I really appreciate it.

My term of office starts on the 1st of July, 2009. I'm looking forward to it, it will be good to feel part of the Students Union and that I'm doing my bit. I'm also looking forward to working with the next Executive team and Union staff.

The big question, the PhD question

I've spent the last couple of days pondering and puzzling over my PhD question. My registration document is due in soon and I need to decide on a question that will keep me entertained for the remainder of my PhD studies, as well as being of PhD quality.

I have been thinking about a question for a while and had written down some ideas. I had a meeting with my second supervisor on Monday, which was very beneficial and got me thinking about the question from a different perspective.

So, going from having very few ideas, I've currently got a list of approximately 30 questions. I've narrowed this down and have sent some to my first supervisor, for us to discuss at our meeting tomorrow.

The search for the question continues.