Only three little words. But like other things that take three words, there’s a whole lot of other stuff going on behind them that sometimes make a response difficult–even impossible. So when my dissertation supervisor asks, “What’s it about?” in our very first meeting this past week, I kind of choked. “Well, a lot of…

It’s registration week! I’d been waiting for the email telling me to go into the Lancaster University site and make the move from “offer holder” to “full-time student.” Woot! So nine screens of data later, as I’m happily uploading my (appalling) ID photo and giving my next of kin, I come to the final page,…

Since my PhD research will include interviews with living people, my application–all 18 pages of it–for the ethics review at the university (here’s my previous post about it) had to pass through three levels of approval: My supervisor The ethics committee, including a department reviewer The Ethics Officer, chair of the ethics committee The reviews…