This blog began life as part of an exercise in exploring digital tools for research – through the Bodleian ‘engage’ programme ’23 things for Research’. It is developing into a place where I can reflect and write on emerging research issues and other academic narratives.

A ‘newbie’ doctoral researcher at Sheffield Hallam University and a St Hilda’s alumnae, I am exploring this new world of digital research.  When I was last studying in the Bodleian in the 1980s, books were selected from type-written entries stuck in vast leather ledgers and delivered to students in return for flimsy, pink slips.  I then spent 25 years in secondary teaching, trying to get teenagers to prepare for university libraries.

And here life has brought me, doing a PhD at last. I also blog on my research topic – wellbeing for amateur knitters making alone or in real and virtual communities – over on recoveredthreads.wordpress.com and tweet @newbiephd.


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