Be Mindful of the Gaps

Recently I was asked to contribute to the West Central Europe Being Marist Newsletter, the below article was published at the end of May 2020 on my reflections of the Covid-v19 pandemic and my awareness of impact and change. Our daily normal has been changed significantly in the past few months, the arrival of the…

Professional Doctorate Student Progress Report 2019

The third year of the Professional Doctorate programme (ProfDoc) has demanded discipline daily throughout 2019. The love and support of my family and friends have become more remote and for those who are close to me, they have developed a thick skin. I have extracted myself more and more from normality and civilisation in general….

Professional Doctorate Society Podcast

Professional Doctorate Society Podcast – 17th December 2019 By Eileen O’Neil, Doctoral Student at Glasgow Caledonian University. An invitation was extended to Grace Poulter and Dr. Keith Halcro to join me in an interview podcast to explore an insider’s view of the Professional Doctorate Programme at Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU).  The following link will take…

Mountains of the Moon Chapter 13, The Cold Moon

In December 2018, the winter solstice to be precise, I climbed Ben Hope with Alan Rowan, an all-round adventurer, and hill walker. Alan is also an author and has had several books published on walking the Scottish mountains by moonlight. My lunar experience was one of the most incredible things I have ever done. The…

Professional Doctorate Student Conference – January 2019  

16th, 17th, and 18th of January 2019 The anticipation of my second professional doctorate student conference was very different from my first.  2018 had presented some extraordinary physical and psychological challenges, and on reflection, I had thought I would have been further forward in my thesis writing than I actually was. I had, created 10,000 words…

Ben Hope (Cold Moon) Alan Rowan, Moonwalker, – December 2018

  I first reached out to Alan Rowan in March 2018 following a discussion with Steven Fallon (who holds the record from having climbed the most Munro rounds to date).  I was interested in Alan’s journey from journalist to moonwalker and in particular, I wanted to understand what key characteristics, which armed Alan with psychological…

Literature Review – Move to Grounded Theory 30/11/2018

Whilst conducting research on my professional doctorate thesis, I had become frustrated at the lack of evidence regarding two of the areas of inquiring I was interested in.  As a result of communicating this frustration with my supervisory team, there was a moment of clarity, which came from my supervisory team that perhaps I needed…

Reading for Pleasure – Transposing into Academic Learning.

  Undertaking a professional doctorate study is a long and arduous battle against time.  Since January 2016 I have been watching the clock, more intensely than at any other time in my life.  The space inside me for thoughts and tasks of nothingness has diminished significantly, in both design and desire.  Journeying forward into academia…

Going Full Circle

In March 2018 (20 years on), I returned to Kelvin College, going full circle in my educational journey.  I was successfully co-opted onto the Board of Kelvin College for Audit and Risk.  To serve on the Board has been a very personal ambition, as a former student of this college; my own journey through education…

Cohort 11 – The Last Big Push

This message is for all the Cohort 11 #ProfDockers who are on the final week before submission of the PDDM.  Don’t give up or give in, you will do more work this week than in any other week since starting your Professional Doctorate programme.  Sleep when you can, eat if you can and push on through to the…