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.
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:
- Self-published a novel
- Published my first book chapter and first academic journal article (several more currently in review)
- Appeared in several national newspapers
- Started a podcast
- Read hundreds of novels…
- Been interviewed on the radio
- Written numerous research blogs for my website, and The Conversation
- Produced almost 100 editions of the weekly My Lancaster newsletter, going out to 15,000 students per week
- Edited a Good Practice Guide for the AUA
- Covered the paternity leave of the Student Communications Manager at Lancaster
- Built numerous websites including:
- Worked part-time for the IT department at CCCU
- Taught on modules in English Literature and Management
- Worked as Assistant Dean in the Graduate College
- Co-organised three academic conferences and presented my work at numerous other conferences around the UK
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!