… to lose two looks like carelessness

So, I am up and running with supervisor no. 3, and actually I am pretty happy.  Just to remind us, I started with John Baker, but after a year and a half he retired.  He retired but in fairness was always very clear about staying involved in the project, which was and is great.  Sara Cantillon then took over, officially for a year and a half, before she left the school.  I was pretty much supervisor-less while officially on maternity leave from February to September 2015, since which Marie Moran has taken over the job.

I am struck in thinking about how to write about these changes that it is not possible to anonymise my comments, and I don’t think it’s reasonable to say anything specific about supervisory styles, which do vary. IScreen Shot 2015-12-04 at 1.29.25 p.m.nstead I just want to think about what I have learned about being ‘supervised’ so far, and what I think of these changes.

Marie asked me what I made of the changes in our first meeting, as I said to her I would be a little concerned about the external perception, but overall from the point of view of the work I am not unhappy.  The changes have perhaps slowed somethings down a bit, but then again doing a PhD part time with a maternity leave in the middle is a fairly slow prospect in any case.  There has been mixed advise, and changes in direction, but this has allowed me to think through different approaches and angles. Stuff has emerged which I think will ultimately be useful.  One of the things I am learning about myself is that sometimes I go to fast, I rush to get to the end without fully thinking things through.  I think Marie will be a really good at challenging those instincts.

So, what have I learned about supervision so far:

Supervision…

Super…

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Actually there are some things I could say but I think its too early, I’ll come back to this.