Older Mind Matters

Hot off the press: PhD official

I am pleased to report that I have now had a letter from the University informing me that I’ve been awarded the degree of PhD on the basis of Published Work. I still have to produce a bound copy for the library though.

The analysis of the narratives project data is going well and we are making plans for the final stages of the project. We need to complete it and write the report by September.

The next stage of the Coventry and Warwickshire work involves delivering training to their workforce. We’re just at the stage of fixing dates and venues for the first training days in or around March.

The distance learning MSc module I have been working on (In our Shoes) is up and running (but not yet completed) and I’ll be interested to see what feedback we get from the students.

My first publication of 2011 is a chapter co-written with colleagues in Wolverhampton, entitled ‘Ageing and psychosis’ in a book edited by John Keady and Sue Watts (Mental Health and Later Life Delivering an holistic model for practice). We had fun writing it, the editors were great to work with, and I’m quite chuffed with the result (the book itself is pretty good too and I love the cover of the paperback version - see it on Amazon).

PS. Those people who have emailed me to say you love the website, please post your comments so that Roddy can see them - he designed it and he deserves to share the feedback!

8 comments (Add your own)

1. Aled wrote:
Congratulations on the PhD! Sounds like you're keeping pretty busy. I'm interested as to how your MSc module turns out as I know it was tricky working out the best way to go about it. An entirely different challenge to running a 'normal' MSc module!

Also I like the cover of the book too, my kind of colours...

Sat, January 29, 2011 @ 8:24 PM

2. DJ wrote:
Well done and congratulations on the PhD - Dr Dr now I guess

I see you have made good use of the relationship with your external examiner! Every challenge opens new opportunities eh!

So we'll be pleased to see the book and offer a review

What's your take on 'Any willing provider' and the Lancet's analysis that the NHS is at risk of transformation in all but name to something else. In particulat how will this affect older people

NB I am sure the website is good but the link from the email did not work and it took some determination to get past ads for 1-2-3

Sun, January 30, 2011 @ 7:22 AM

3. Jen wrote:
Hurray! Well done on your PhD...that's brilliant!

That's strange that the link didn't work from your e-mail DJ. The links have always worked from my e-mail absolutely fine, and without any ads to contend with whatsoever. I'll let Roddy know and see what he says.

Congrats again SM!! :)

Mon, January 31, 2011 @ 1:43 AM

4. Anna wrote:
Congratulations Dr2 (!!) Prof Benbow!! It's absolutely amazing! Well done for the book chapter too! And all your good work! :)
PS. Website also very well designed.

Mon, January 31, 2011 @ 10:29 AM

5. Susan Mary Benbow wrote:
Thanks to everyone for their kind comments.

Thanks to Dave for drawing attention to the issue of the website address and to Jen for noting that the link worked for her. The reason that I typed the address as a hyperlink into the email was because to access the site you need to type the full address including http:// - if you clicked on the email hyperlink it linked directly with the Older Mind Matters site. If you type in ‘www. oldermindmatters.com’ that won’t go directly to this site, and if you copy and paste from my email you need to make sure you paste the whole link including the http:// at the beginning. Hope that makes sense .....

Just for the record I have had two recent emails about the website. I got an email on 29/1/2011 which said ‘S. showed me your new web site, older mind matters. It's fab.’ Another email received in December said ‘Your Older Mind Matters website is brilliant. In addition to the content, its so well designed - restful background colours, nice clear layout, big fonts.’ Let’s give Roddy his due and a big thanks!

With regard to the NHS and politically driven changes, read the Lancet editorial ‘The end of the NHS’ (note no question mark after that).

Mon, January 31, 2011 @ 11:19 AM

6. Donna Doherty wrote:
Well done!

Wed, February 16, 2011 @ 8:45 AM

7. Donna Doherty wrote:

Wed, February 16, 2011 @ 8:46 AM

8. Christina wrote:
Hi Susan,
many congratulation on your PhD.

Re your website - I see you've mentioned my comments above, but I'll repeat them as I rarely see a website so well-designed.

Restful background colours.
Nice big fonts.
Contrasting colours.
No flashing lights.
Nice clear layout.
Writing not overlaid/obscured by graphics.
Good navigation.
Good content.
You should apply for the "Bobby Award" for accessible websites. Sorry I've not got the link to hand but google it; its an award for accessible websites.

Hope to see you soon at Council. best wishes, Christina.

Fri, February 18, 2011 @ 1:47 PM

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