Three years and 80,000 words later…

On 1st October 2016, I packed everything into my car and headed off to Lancaster to start on a PhD in English Literature. Now, three years and 80,000 words later, on 1st October 2019, I’m handing in my thesis ready to start on the next phase of my academic adventure.

Bound theses ready for submission

In many ways, it’s been a long three years, and yet still it seems to have flown by. As well as researching and writing a full PhD thesis of 80,000 words (and about 7k+ of bibliography), I’ve also, somehow:

M.J. Ryder research publications, June 2019

As you can see, it’s certainly been a busy few years! And to think, this is just the beginning! My plans now are to continue working on my publications, as I have one piece work-in-progress, and a few collaborative projects in the pipeline. I’m also looking at putting together a proposal for my monograph, while expanding my teaching experience, doing additional teacher training (to enhance my employability), plus the odd bit of freelance work here and there.

More updates to come once I’ve had my viva. Wish me luck!

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