I’m now officially allowed to be your PhD supervisor.

I did a three-day training course run by the university on Friday last week, Tuesday and Wednesday this week – and having come out the other side of that, we’re all systems go.

What’s your theoretical framework?

My first two doctoral students turn up in September, and it looks like the vast majority of my teaching from here on out is going to be post-graduate stuff. After a decade of teaching mostly undergrads, this is going to be an interesting change – though, that said, I have taught Masters programmes in the past… and there are certain topics I will still inevitably be called upon to lecture in for the BA students.

To answer the obvious next question – no, I don’t have a PhD myself. And while it might seem absurd that someone without a doctoral degree might supervise a doctoral programme, it’s just how it works. To be fair, I was teaching a Bachelor’s degree before I had one of those myself.

But I’m seriously considering applying for what’s known as a PhD by publication. Essentially, they weigh up all the stuff you’ve published on a single topic, look at the weight and impact of that in its context, and then make a call as to whether that’s equivalent in a meaningful way to a PhD by dissertation.

Not sure what does and doesn’t qualify in terms of my own output, but the fact that I’ve pretty much stuck to a single topic over the past 5 years certainly works in my favour.

The internal exam board was earlier today (I didn’t go, but it happened all the same), so with the exception of the external exam board and the inevitable resubmissions, that’s the academic year all tucked away and wound up.

I’m kind of exhausted, so I’m pretending Friday is part of the weekend, and sitting in the back garden with a cold drink for most of the day. I’ll have the laptop with me, of course.

As it happens, I have a lot of writing to do.


Link: PhD at BCU