I (finally!) presented my PhD proposal last week. After two or three delays I couldn’t wait to get it out of the way.
Let’s be clear, the actual presentation is only the second step in the proposal submission process. Write*; Present; Re-write; Submit; Cry over comments from readers; Rewrite; Submit; Pray. Nevertheless, it feels like a massive achievement, and it was good to present it and get constructive feedback. And by that I mean feedback which didn’t fundamentally question the relevance or theoretical underpinnings of the project. Because, let’s face it, no one EVER what’s that kind of feedback.
In celebration of this step (albeit only one of many), here is a picture of me just prior to presenting**
*this obviously involves multiple writings
**picture courtesy of Dave Francis’ amazing artistic skills