My first Supervisors’ Meeting was held with Karen and Andrew and set the foundations for our future working relationship.
They agreed to my recording the meeting which I found immensely helpful, as I was able to concentrate solely on the proceedings at the time; and by replaying later able to pick up and digest the main points of interest. It will also enable me to prepare minutes of the meeting as a record of the events to be forwarded to all members of the Supervisory Team.
It gave me the opportunity to give Karen and Andrew a progress report on the steps I have taken to date as regards organising initial items of interest for my research. We also discussed aspects of the Research Development Programme and was advised that I need to allow time to digest everything so far, and the fact that as I am a part-time student have five years to complete my work!
Andrew had also obviously thought further about my proposal and suggested several related articles I may not have already seen which was most helpful. We agreed on the date of the next meeting (1:1 with Karen) 7 December and we agreed on a couple of issues for me to address in time for that meeting.
I feel most fortunate to have the team that I had been allotted and also the fact that they feel that my research area is of value and worth pursuing. I know this will be at times a bumpy ride, but things do not bother me the same at this in my stage life as perhaps they would have when I was younger. I feel grateful that his opportunity has been given to me and hope that I will do their faith in me justice!!