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Happy New Year – and back to juggling

I ended 2010 on a high note. I’m happy to report that my PhD viva went well and I only had to make some ‘minor editorial changes’ to the thesis which has now been signed off by the examiners. This potentially gives me more time ..... and graduation in July.

I must confess that I didn’t work much over Christmas and am now trying to catch up with all the balls that I should be juggling. I have increasing commitments at the Royal College of Psychiatrists with taking up the appointment as Chair of the Special Committee on Professional Practice and Ethics (first meeting later this month). The data analysis of the BMA research project is going well and I need to sit down with my colleague and plan the next stage. With regard to the University,  I also need to look at turning the In our Shoes MSc module into a distance learning module. This is rather sad in some ways as I think the students gained enormously from their contact with the users and carers who taught on the classroom course. Although there are advantages to distance learning, I don’t think we can compensate for the major disadvantages involved in losing the contact between teachers and learners, the immediacy and flexibility of the discussion between all involved. I may be cynical but I think the driver for distance learning is money and sometimes, from an organisational point of view, making sure staff members are trained is just a question of ticking the box.

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1. Elaine Stanway wrote:
Happy New Year to you Susan, look forward to seeing you tomorrow and learning more of your juggling acts

Tue, January 4, 2011 @ 1:12 PM

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