Hi, Hilary Term

Following my last post, in mid-December, you could be forgiven for thinking that I’ve been buried in marking since then. Rest assured, things aren’t quite that bad. The marking was done, the feedback was sent, the course ended. There was something about Christmas, and then it was term time all over again except this time I have 4 students to tutor one-to-one and the DPhil finishing post is hurtling ever closer. There is also a graduate progression assessment which required chapter outlines, a schedule to completion and a chapter extract. Later this term, I’ll be interviewed as part of that process. I am trying very hard not to freak out about this.

I have a new ‘Research Assistant’ (as Nadine Muller calls academic pets). Vita is a rather naughty 4 month old kitten who likes to chase laser pointers and either sit on my laptop or on me. So far, her outputs are not REFable. Her other interests include playing ‘Game for Cats’ on the iPad (seriously) and watching television.

The internet doesn’t have enough photos of cats sleeping.

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I promise not to post more photos like this, honest.

 
This term, I’m also continuing my work for Great Writers Inspire, although this time with a focus on impact. To that end, there will be regular posts from Oxford graduate students on that blog – covering everything from Mary Wollstonecraft, the incumbent US poet laureate, Tagore and Leonard Woolf and more.

I have made a February resolution to blog more often here, since it seems a shame to have become so lax towards the end of the DPhil process. More anon.

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