About thirty minutes ago I submitted my thesis for examination. Given the challenge to get this tome submitted before Christmas, ‘blogging’ has been a somewhat poor relation in the past couple of months. Marking student assignments, writing, toss in two presentations as well as the thesis, there was little time, or desire left to blog.
I have discovered that submitting a thesis for examination is a challenge as well. It is a process of bureaucracy, getting it approved firstly by my supervisor(s), soft bound copies printed, paper-work, always the paper-work, filled out and signed and then physically depositing the three copies for examination. Then it disappears in to the mysterious world of the Graduate Research Centre.
Then sometime later my two examiners will each have a copy posted to them, hopefully early in the new year. One is here in Adelaide and the other in Canada. All I know about them is what I have read of their CVs and the recommendation from my associate supervisor. The reading and grading process can take three months. The thesis is 90,000 words, plus the reference list, so it is not a short novel to read at leisure. After the examiners have submitted their grade I then have about six weeks to reply to their comments (and modify the thesis) before it goes the the university academic board for confirmation. So if all goes well I will be awarded my PhD later in 2016.
As for an update on my other research projects, the blogs will follow shortly.