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10 things I know now about completing a PhD [12 weeks to go]


I’ve just got home from a long (but fab) day on Paisley campus of UWS. Something I’ve not done since I stopped working there in July to finish the PhD. I feel compelled to blog – all the best blogs comes when just feel like it, especially after a long day and you are still going… That’s 3 months gone…

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Work update: So how was your summer?


I’m now 2.5 months into my 6 months stint of final ‘writing up’ of the PhD. It has been some summer (spent sitting in my PhD kitchen den) – where I’ve been doing a lot more than I thought I would by this stage. Which is good. I’ve now got 3 months and 2 weeks until I hand in the…

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Say Hello to Architecture: Talking Heads Video (Community Evaluation Video)


Back in September 2015, I ran a short workshop in Lochgilphead, Argyll on ‘digital storytelling on a shoestring’ for the Stalled Spaces Scotland initiative. It was awesome.   Stalled Spaces Scotland managed by Architecture & Design Scotland and a spin out from the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games legacy project of the same name. A&DS got back in touch at the start of the…

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PhD to completion – The final 6 months


TL;DR: I quit my associate lecturer job so I can finish my PhD full time before December. I am still available for freelance and project based work. This is a post about my boundaries.  This has been quite a difficult post to write. In fact, this is the third time I’ve attempted to start it after deleting the last two…

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Some thoughts from Picturing the Social Conference – June 2016 #VSMLconf


I’m on my way to Sheffield to deliver a workshop on Social Media for Early Career Researchers at the first student-lead Sheffield University Doctoral Student Conference tomorrow. I was lucky enough to be able to plan my travels around the second “Picturing the Social” conference in Manchester, hosted by the Visual Social Media Lab. It’s came at a very good…

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Social Reporting and Civic/Citizen Activism – reflections from recent workshops in Belfast/East Renfrewshire


Back in April, I was invited over back over to Belfast by Democracy Society NI to deliver a day long workshop on ‘social reporting‘ with community groups who were connected to the Building Change Trust programme. I really love visiting Belfast. After my tall ship sailing experience last summer between Liverpool, Belfast and Glasgow – sailing between ports in a…

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