Teaching Awards 2017 – 2018

Changing career can be a challenge at any time of your life, having skimmed across Thomes (2003), Changing Career paths: from expert to novice.  I began to understand my journey with a little more compassion towards my transformation.  Prior to September 2017, I worked in the private sector within a financial institute for almost 20 years. …

Literature Review – The Learning Curve – 10th May 2018

The Learning curve, the action plan post-March supervisory meeting was to produce 6,000 words in two subject areas of my thesis, Psychological Contract, and Psychological Resilience.  I had learned a significant lesson from my last blog post titled “Despondent with Square Shoulders”.  I realised through frustration that I am not going to be able to…

#ProfDockers Podcast 2nd of May 2018

Welcome to the first #ProfDockers support session.  The following PowerPoint presentation was delivered by Eileen O’Neil to professional doctoral students – cohort 11 on the 2nd of May 2018.  The purpose of the presentation was to support students who are about to embark on their Project Design Development and Management (PDDM) module.  I delivered this presentation…

The Beast from the East

30/03/2018 – Munro – Ben Vorlich – Loch Lomond side.  Up early 6:15 start from the house, got to Loch Lomond side at 8:15 and started to climb.  The first two sections were good to fair with a steep climb up.  But the top third was covered in ice and snow, creating a good challenge…

Glen Affric – 150 Munro’s

04 – 07/05/2018, just getting into Glen Affric is a demanding adventure. The track had been eroded due to heavy snowfall and 4×4 vehicles churning their way through the glen, however after what seemed like a very long time, we eventually arrived at Strawberry Cottage at around 11pm. Ann and Colwyn had arrived earlier and…

Retaining the Balance with Alan Rowan

Podcast – Retaining the Balance with Alan Rowan 13th March 2018 One of the biggest challenges in life is retaining a balance between Work life, Family commitments, Physical ambitions and personal developments, which come and go at different stages of life.  My blog highlights this challenging terrain and the impacts on the psychological and physical…

Literature Review – Update – Despondent with Square Shoulders

14th March 2018 High hopes on round two of the literature review,  2000 words on psychological resilience, a repeat of last month’s request although this time I am optimistic.  I have used Grace Poulters “do a little often” method for critical reading and writing.  I discovered more about the literature and read over 50 articles,…

Literature Review – Update

10th February 2018 My self-imposed timeframe for completion of this professional doctorate is challenging, at viva and completion of thesis in early 2020.  My supervisory team, (who I will introduce later) are supporting this ambition, and hold me to account against the deliverables at each supervisory meeting.  My first draft of my literature review post…

A Quick Visit to GCNYC

Had a quick trip to New York to visit with family and took the opportunity to pop into the new Glasgow Caledonian New York College campus.  I took the E train from Forethills all the way to Canal Street and made good time, just under 50 minutes.  However , once I got off the subway…

Professional Doctorate Conference

Professional Doctorate Student Conference               17th – 19th of January 2018 Day 1 – My first Professional Doctorate (Prof-doc) conference, made it through two rough years of academic development, the conference marks the halfway point.  Day 1 delivered a few good nuggets of information, academic writing skills which I will take-away and develop.  I like the…

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Why Blog The purpose of this blog is to offer a practical insight to anyone considering or undertaking a Professional Doctorate study.  The Professional Doctorate (aka ProfDoc) is a part-time programme normally between 4 -5 years, a long time, I hear you scream. No! … Time will take on a new dimension the instant you…