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!!
With registration on 4 October, once the formalities had been undertaken, it was an opportunity to meet both MA and PhD students who had also registered.
Following this three Induction Days were held on 12th, 21st and 22nd October. They were very informative and endeavoured to cover all aspects of starting research together with an opportunity to see and speak to the main lecturers in various disciplines.
Some sessions were more informative than others such as academic writing and writing for research and the capabilities of the library system. The round table discussions were scheduled at the end of the day. I personally found them not so useful as I released I was out of the habit of sitting concentrating for long periods. However I am sure that I will soon become acclimatised back into student life.
This meeting focussed in the main on the reasons and importance of evaluation and explored creative ways that this could be undertaken. Michele led the meeting in her capacity as the consultant professional evaluator for the project, and followed on from the initial introduction to the process that Trish and I had introduced at the last meeting on 5 April.
The meetings are now following the format where a topic is covered in the first part, and then a discussion is held to consider images which the members have submitted online for possible inclusion into the final exhibition. The images considered at this meeting related to journeys, migration and myth.
Elspeth emailed the group with a view to setting up a regular walking group. It was a cold blustery day for those of us who turned up and was very much a walk to meet each other and to see how we felt future walks should be organised.
Keith was a wealth of knowledge of snippets of local information and kept the group entertained. We followed the route that Eliot would have travelled on his return to the former Albermarle Hotel, unfortunately now demolished.
It was agreed that we would like to continue meeting possibly fortnightly, weather permitting.
This again was a challenging environment to take images in. The lighting was extremely poor in an old building with very high ceilings.
There was again a good turn out of people and some useful, interesting insights into the poem. All the images I have been taking are also shared with the gallery and I have been sending copies of relevant images to the main speakers following each meeting so far.
Prior to the meeting Trish had emailed the group asking for someone to document the meetings and so I volunteered. It is a good opportunity to become familiar with the gallery and to make my work known to more people.
The meeting at the Yacht Club, chaired by Rosalie Schweiker was a bit of a squeeze as a lot of people attended. However it was very good interesting and everyone seemed to enjoy meeting up again.
However from my viewpoint it was very challenging as there was little natural lighting, and as there were so many people crammed into a small space it was difficult to get my camera round for varied shots.
Ian had suggested setting up a reading group for those people who are unfamiliar with the poem and the first meeting was held at the gallery. There was a good attendance to this event and the space and lighting enabled me to take some better images than those taken at the Yacht Club.
It is interesting to note those people who are regularly supporting the group, and also to see what a cross-section of knowledgeable, talented people who are attending.