Five years ago, back in 2015, I applied for a PhD studentship at Edinburgh Napier University. Not long after the closing date for applications for the post, I received an email from Professor Hazel Hall inviting me to an interview. I had not thought that I would get the studentship, but less than thirty minutes after my interview in Edinburgh, I got a phone call from Hazel to offer me the post (whilst in the back of a taxi!) and this phone call officially kick-started my PhD move to Edinburgh (which formally started later that year).
Today I am posting the very final PhD blog post. This is because my PhD is now officially complete. As of today, July 9th 2020, the Chancellor of my University has (technically speaking, according to the dates on our certificates) conferred all awards and I have been officially awarded my PhD.
Usually this happens during Graduation when the Chancellor gives his speech. However, with everything going on, our awards are conferred today (on the University results day) and some online celebrations will follow in the coming days, which I believe will include the Chancellor’s speech. To see the celebrations, it is best to keep an eye on the Edinburgh Napier University Official Twitter page where any media related celebrations will be published in due course. My certificate will follow soon when it can be printed, and it is hoped that my thesis will be made available online in September, but this of course depends on how things go.
Given the current Covid-19 situation, the summer graduation ceremonies were of course cancelled, and now the autumn ones in 2020 have been too. This means that I have not yet been able to celebrate my achievement with friends and family, and it will probably be some time before I am able to do so. By the time I am able to celebrate, my blog will no longer exist as I will not be renewing my website in September. By then my online presence will be significantly reduced. I will only be keeping my Twitter, LinkedIn and Researchgate profiles as the remaining academic media profiles have all now been deleted. You’ll still be able to find my presentation slides on my SlideShare account.
I am very pleased with my achievements over the last five years and today marks to biggest. I am thankful to all of the academic people who have offered support over the past five years, especially Professor Hazel Hall, Dr Laura Muir and Professor Robert Raeside – I could not have done this without you.
It has been one hell of a (nearly) five year journey including…
… visits to four non-UK countries/cities (Zadar in Croatia, Turku in Finland, Krakow in Poland, Vancouver in Canada);
… visits to many Scottish cities;
… visits to many English cities;
… data collection from organisations in three countries (Scotland, England, Finland);
… four publications (two PhD related and two non-PhD related);
… two news articles published about me and my work;
… twelve conference presentations;
… seven poster presentations;
… four invited talks (including this one, this one and this one);
… one ‘best paper’ award;
… one ‘best oral presentation’ award;
… two second place awards for posters;
… five successful funding applications;
… participation in lots of CSI Research Centre meetings (this one was my final one);
… experience in teaching of Project Management for Information Systems and Information Technology Service Management;
… experience as an internal Student Rep for Napier, external Student Rep for SGSSS, conference paper reviewer, conference organiser, Copy Editor for Information Research and organiser of various training and development events;
… working on a three month internship at the Scottish Government on the impact of mobile working technology in for healthcare practitioners;
… enough skills developed to last me a lifetime;
… successful application for a really good job, which appears to be a common theme amongst the graduates in our research group;
… being part of a PhD team where my Director of Studies has a very impressive reputation for being one of the most well-respected PhD supervisors in Scotland as well as a top teacher, who has a hell of a good reputation for the successful completion of her PhD students not only in their academic studies, but also helping to develop them as well rounded researchers so they can enter the job market prepared for the careers they choose – all evidenced here, here, here, here, here and here (including six students on the funding path I was on).
… and being part of a wonderful academic family!
This wonderful academic family sent a boat load of congratulatory messages this morning on the day which was supposed to by my graduation. It is very heart-warming to know that even though I cannot properly celebrate with everyone yet, the members of the research group still get together to make sure that great things are celebrated in our very own way.
With very best wishes!
Dr Lyndsey Middleton