You may now call me ‘Doctor’

The rule is that nothing’s official until it’s been blogged about. Thus, in this spirit, I would like to announce that I am now Dr. Carruthers! This is despite having successfully defended the thesis at my Viva at the end of February with only minor corrections. But having now submitted those corrections, and now in…

1,557 days later…

There has been little activity on this blog for most of this year. The reason? I’ve been busy writing my PhD thesis! And now, finally, I have submitted it. Well, it was submitted a couple of weeks ago now; December 16th 2015 to be precise. That was 1,557 ± 7 days since I started my doctorate…

Some satisfaction with R

Casual readers of this blog will know that I’ve been using R (a statistical programming language) to sort out some data and plot some graphs. It’s a minor dabbling, and one which is often frustrating. I’m not a natural coder, and I certainly don’t relish the challenges it throws up. But, having used R on…

How is our Gradschool Conference Funded? [UPDATE]

This is a short update to the post How is our Gradschool Conference Funded?  At the time of writing that post, I didn’t have the 2014 data to hand. I’ve since been supplied it, so here is the data for 2014 (Fig. 1). This year, fewer Cuddly companies were contacted as a percentage of the…

Batch glassware

What’s my PhD all about? (Part 2)

It’s been a while since I last posted anything here; I’ve been quite busy lately with my PhD and it has absorbed a lot of my time, but now I have a let up I can talk a bit more about what I’ve been up to. Back in August last year I wrote a little…