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Status: Birkbeck (Spring 2008)
(Text as at 18/12/2010 19:58:05)
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Research Students: End of Term report (student version)
Name of Student: Theo Todman (part-time)
Name of Supervisor: Jen Hornsby
Term: Spring 2008
- In what subject area were you scheduled to work? Thesis – Personal Identity.
- How many tutorials have you attended this term? Four. 4th & 18th February and 3rd and 17th March 2008.
- If you have attended less than the prescribed number (once every three weeks for a part-time student), what are the reasons for this? Not applicable.
- What work did you aim to complete during the term? My intention was to complete a draft chapter of my Thesis (Chapter 2 – “What are We?”). I had produced a very detailed but (in retrospect) ridiculously optimistic plan for the achievement of this goal, but couldn’t stick to it. I did, however, complete a proportion of the preliminary work, which was reviewed in the supervisions.
- How many pre-submissions/chapters etc. are actually in hand as a result of the term’s supervisory work? The above Chapter is now in suspense, and I have moved on to Chapter 6, on Constitution. I intend to make some progress on this in the Summer term.
- Where the work scheduled isn't complete, please indicate how much more remains for you to do. The work I have done on either Chapter is mainly investigative – detailed analysis of research papers with my own comments. I have yet to find my own voice. There is a lot to do, mainly because I’ve only found about half the time I need to do in order to address the course properly.
- What general comments do you have to make on the overall development of your work? I have found it difficult to adapt to part-time research, and no longer think I can continue in this vein. I intend to cease the course at the end of this year, and re-apply for full-time study in a couple of years’ time after I have retired from paid employment.
- Do you have any particular comments that you would like to make to the Graduate Standing Committee concerning your supervision this term? The reasons for the above decision are as follows:-
- I have found it more difficult continually to pick up and put down research than I had done in the past with short topics.
- Additionally, research is more in the category of “work” than undergraduate study, which I would classify as “fun”. Consequently, in the interests of psychological balance, I’ve been tempted into numerous other pursuits that have taken time away from my research.
- Hence research has proved more difficult for me to pursue wholeheartedly as a part time student than was the BA.
- The social side is also deficient for busy part-time research students (given that most research students are full time), and I have found a lack of opportunity to participate.
- Consequently I have less sympathy for the concerns and research projects of the other research students than I would have had I the time to engage with them. This makes the weekly Research Seminars less satisfying than might otherwise be the case.
- Also, research seminars are frequently held during the day (eg. Dorothy Edgington’s on Vagueness), when I cannot attend.
- Finally, my part-time paid employment (which was intended to leave room for philosophical research) has resulted in a full-time job squashed into 3 days, so that I’m frequently exhausted on my days’ off. Consequently, I pursue my research with less vigour than I otherwise might, especially when it is going badly.
- I produce a detailed Monthly Status Report for my own record at Web Link.
- My Spring Term Plan is at Web Link.
- My Thesis Chapter Breakdown is at Web Link, and
- My Research Proposal is at Web Link.
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