Retrospective: PhD Application

If I’d been more on the ball, I should have started this blog back in October when I started my PhD. I should have been blogging about all the little hurdles and formalities (PhD application, interview, confirmation, etc.), writing without a hazy, retrospective slant on things. However that didn’t happen, so now I’m left with a choice. Do I only blog about what’s going on right now, and not have a record of my first year? Or do I write a few catch up posts covering some of the stand out experiences so far? I think I’m going to go with the second option, and try my hardest not to bore any readers to tears. That said, blogs are allowed to be a little bit self indulgent… right? Maybe I should view this as a reflexive exercise. I enjoy things being in order, so we’ll start at the very beginning for this post. Continue reading “Retrospective: PhD Application”

ISCHP Conference 2013 – Bradford

Recently it seems all I do is play tourist at conferences! I promise to blog soon about something other than me swanning around getting all inspired and overstimulated, but for now I’m just going to blather on about how much fun I had at the ISCHP conference. Oh, ISCHP is the International Society of Critical Health Psychology, in case you were wondering. And no, my work doesn’t really fall under health but it’s definitely critical, so there. Continue reading “ISCHP Conference 2013 – Bradford”

POWS Conference 2013

Rather strangely, I woke up yesterday morning utterly disappointed to be in my own bed. You see, between Wednesday and Friday I was at the BPS POWS conference at the gorgeous Cumberland Lodge in Windsor. Seriously, it’s gorgeous. Just look how gorgeous it is. Continue reading “POWS Conference 2013”

New PhD Blog – An Introduction

Hello! My name is Jess, and I’m a first-year PhD student in psychology at Leeds Metropolitan University. Broadly speaking, my research concerns discourse, feminism and work. Less broadly speaking I’m studying humour (in the form of Internet memes) and how this may affect the role of women in the IT industry. It’s okay, you don’t need to consider how these things link together, that’s my job. I’m sure it’ll be explained in the course of my thesis and this blog, so do keep popping back if you’re even slightly interested.

I started my research journey in October 2012, and when you consider that it’s now July 2013, I guess I’m a little late starting this blog! Better late than never I guess? Hopefully this blog will become a space for me to share my experiences as full time PhD student (who also teaches) and talk about my research. At the same time it will give me something that’s actually related to work to procrastinate with, which I’m sure can only be a positive thing. Better that I’m developing my ideas and writing here than looking at pictures of cats with funny captions, right? Oh wait no, that kind of is my research… for my first study anyway. Did I mention that I love my work?

Fingers crossed this blog will grow to be a useful outlet for me and my research, and a helpful resource for anyone who reads it. Feel free to follow my updates on Twitter, or subscribe to my posts via RSS. Wish me luck!