Well, I’m sort of heading for it in very slow motion. The RF1 forms are in, an assessor is being selected, and they will report back to the appropriate committee later this month. The most common outcome is ‘progress to next stage with minor amendments’- sort of lightly clipping the hurdle as you clear it.
The main thing for me now is to keep going. There’s no deadline now until the first annual review in February, so I have to set targets for myself. These will revolve around reading for the most part, but I also want to work on my method and related ethics forms, so that I can start on interviews as soon as is practicable.
The reading right now is vols 3 and 4 of the History of the University in Europe. Not all of them, anymore than I read the whole of vols 1 and 2! I’ve read- and will read- the ‘Themes’ and ‘Patterns’ chapters, along with such chapters on teaching and law faculties as seem relevant. They’ve been very interesting- and useful- so far, especially in pointing up the varied roles and purposes chosen by or for universities over time.
I’ve signed up for two methods modules, to be done in September-December, so will also be doing reading relevant to that aspect of the research. And, post-election, reading on the Higher Education and Research Act 2017, or whatever may replace it!
I will of course post from the other side of the hurdle… in the meantime, planning grids and the history of higher education it is!