November 29, 2023

Qualitative Interviewing

This seems to be a helpful video by James Woodall. Only half way through it at the moment and it’s geared mostly geared towards in person interviews rather than online but still helpful. Also found this paper (McGrath et al 2019) really helpful in terms of offering practical hints and tips Still hunting down advice for conducting online semi structured qualitative and/or heuristic interviews to complement the excellent guidance given by Nevine Sultan 😉 and I wandered across this You Tube Channel, I’m sure I have found it before but had forgotten so putting here for future reference NVivo by QSR You Tube Channel and on this channel I found this talk by Janet Salmons on online qualitative data collection and this is really helpful in terms of online interviews .. she also recommends some SAGE research methods books which I am going to check out … References McGrath, …

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Interesting day today , we delivered the first of our in house DLP course for Bristol, I attended a session on open learning for #MyFest22, I came across a great article by Brene Brown on the importance of empathy in leadership which then prompted me to sign up for access to some free resources, which I am currently watching and I also applied for the Jisc internal leadership programme so today has definitely had a leadership flavour ! it’s been a miserable day in terms of the weather but now the sunshine has come out so I have come to sit outside in the garden, relaxing with a cup of coffee after a full on day. See at first glance none of this moves me closer to my PhD goals but actually being surrounded by people who get open in the MyFest session was really very lovely … the focus …

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Productivity and the PhD

Just finished listening to this gem from the PhD Liferaft Podcast … Particularly like the concept around aligning your environment to help make things easier for you to get stuff done. Alison tells the story about trying to get into the habit of drinking more water each day and despite it being on her to do list it just didn’t happen .. however setting up her environment but getting a chopping board and lemon ready the night before moved her into the state where she did start to drink more water each day. Eventually this became a habit. Definitely worth a listen

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Productive Procrastination

28 May 2022 I’ve spent most of today redoing this blog (again) for like the umpteenth time. I wanted a format that would allow me to put the blog posts in a grid format but that it would still look pretty .. particularly because I will be uploading my sketchnotes and that way I can see them at a glance .. I’m hoping that this isn’t some form of productive procrastination .. it’s not if it motivates you is it ? (Update : I’ve since started uploading my sketchnotes to Instagram in the hope that this will be easier ! ) I had ethical approval at the beginning of the month and although I doesn’t really seem that I have been able to move forward much since then. I have done a lot of ‘thinking’ about stuff and made some progress with practical considerations given that my focus at the …

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1952 days and counting

Ethics Approved 6 May 2022 I still can’t quite get my head around the fact that this has come through but apparently, I have now received Ethical approval for my research .. so all I have to do now is actually do it .. this has been a long time coming .. thanks to the Time and Date website I have just worked out that so far I have been ‘doing’ my PhD for 1952 days From and including: Sunday, 1 January 2017To and including: Friday, 6 May 2022 Time and Date Website Result: 1952 days It is 1952 days from the start date to the end date, end date included. Or 5 years, 4 months, 6 days including the end date. Or 64 months, 6 days including the end date. This calculator ignores DST clock changes. To include them, use our World Time and Date Calculator and enter your location as the start and end location. Alternative time units 1952 days …

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Go Go Go

The University has approved a recommendation from your department that your registration should be transferred to a confirmed PhD.    Your maximum completion date for this course is 31 January 2025. Well done in developing a confirmation document that details an interesting study! Confirmation Document Approved 18 March 2022

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Retreating into my Comfy Space

Ok so this week I did the PhD Life Raft retreat with the amazing Dr Emma Brodzinksi. It was a bit of a last minute decision as I wasn’t quite sure I would be able to fit it in as I have had a busy week away at work this week ( at Digifest in Birmingham) but in the end I decided to go for it as Emma has designed it to do either synchronously or dip in and out as you are able to. I was therefore able to do some live sessions and catch up on ones that I missed and I am absolutely happy that I did this. I will definitely do this again next year if the opportunity arises. It was a safe space to connect with others who are in various stages of their PhD Journey and really give the gift of time and space …

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