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Completing and Commencing Projects

hurry-2119711_640June 2017 sees me working towards completion of my PGCert project (Postgraduate Certificate, Learning and Teaching in Higher Arts Education), and towards the commencement of my AHRC-funded networking project, Claimed from Stationers’ Hall.

I’m setting things in place for the postdoctoral project, but I’m hopefully going to have the PGCert written and submitted before the postdoc network kicks off.

The PGCert Project

target-418917_640For long enough, I’ve been focused first on getting my practice-based project research proposal written and accepted, and then getting it through the ethical approval process.  Between those two milestones, I devised my project questionnaire and two ‘interventions’ – experimental mini online tutorials that I would share with my chosen project cohort, asking them targeted questions to elicit their reactions to my efforts.

Finally, I was able to get the project under way.  I shared the questionnaire several times.  I set a deadline of the end of May, to allow myself time to evaluate the questionnaire responses.  Finally this week, with the deadline past, I was able to start my analysis.  I had 18 sets of responses, and decided that would do.

Some of my questions were multiple choice (eg, Did this help? Yes or no.)  Others offered the opportunity to give free-text answers.  When it came to analysis, the multiple choice questions were easily turned into pie charts, whilst the free-text ones lent themselves to textual analysis.  Having sorted the answers into rough categories, I even managed to make some more pie charts.  (My study was more like a pie-shop this morning!)

Towards completion

I also need to submit a Journal Summary (1000 words) with PDPdetailing where my learning development has changed with regards to ‘Pedagogy, Research, Scholarship [and] Professional Practice‘ – and I need to refer to key journal entries in that regard.  The PDP shouldn’t go past 3 A4 pages.

  • And complete the UKPSF Checklist

 

Unashamedly Research

Not a blogpost about teaching and learning, or even about librarianship – just an update.

October 2012 – October 2015 I was seconded as 40% postdoctoral researcher to the AHRC-funded Bass Culture project, which resulted in the Historical Music of Scotland database at hms.scot

October 2015 – April 2016 my secondment continued to enable me to start a new research project of my own, Claimed from Stationers’ Hall, in which I’m investigating the post-deposit history of historic legal deposit music.

This was effectively a part-time sabbatical, and it’s been great – I have really got my teeth into this new area of research, visiting the collection at the University of St Andrews once a week and giving a paper about it at the IAML (UK and Ireland) Annual Study Weekend in Manchester a couple of weeks ago.  (I’m repeating it at Musica Scotica 2016, and I have more engagements lined up in St Andrews to share the story of their collection with anyone who’ll listen!)

April 2016 – July 2018.  My secondment has been extended, now for one day a week over 28 months.  I’m ecstatic! I really do feel this endorses me as a researcher, and I’m obviously going to keep working on grant applications, as well as delving more deeply into the St Andrews material now that I have more time in which to do it.  Not to mention other collections!

My name is Karen and I am a researcher …