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This wiki supports and records my PhD and professional development.


In September 2014, I started a PhD at the University of Edinburgh's School of Education, where I was seconded as a teaching fellow in initial teacher education. I was interested in finding out more about how students cope without a teacher. I set up this wiki as a working space for my research and study activities. I hoped it would become a record of my PhD journey; help me stay on track; be a searchable notebook; and reflect my progress in study and research.


By November 2015, progress with the PhD had been erratic if not positively stagnant as I tried to resolve issues like an excessive workload and uncertainty around funding. Although encouraged by many people, doing a PhD is difficult and takes a great deal of commitment and time. Whilst not short of the former, the latter had become an insurmountable issue. I took a break from the PhD and examined a number of routes forward, including abandoning education as a viable career altogether.

September 2016

After summer plans to move to Morocco went awry, I have returned to Initial Teacher Education at the University of Edinburgh and am trying to pick up my PhD again. I continue to log my development activities here and I invite you to read and reflect. There is no facility for the casual reader to interact with what's here but I am open to questions, feedback and comments. You can contact me at

Nick (talk) 06:20, 18 October 2016 (UTC)