PhD: Surviving the Viva and Some Reflections

An academic once warned me that doing a PhD was a ‘dark night of the soul’. I laughed at the time at what seemed like a bit of a melodramatic statement, but they were absolutely right. After seven years of continuous study (BA, MRes and PhD), I would be lying if I said I wasn’t relieved to finally finish. In the three years I’ve studied for my PhD I’ve grappled with anxiety, depression and exhaustion-…

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Teaching: Applying to the HEA + Involving Students in Teaching Aims/Learning Outcomes

Earlier in the year I was delighted to become an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Thankfully I found the process of applying rather painless, as I had a substantial amount of teaching experience under my belt. I had been an Associate Tutor at Sunderland University convening a third-year module on early modern heresy and intolerance for two years in 2012-13. Needless to say leading a third-year module was a steep learning curve, but…

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The Theosophical Transactions of the Philadelphians (No. 1)

The Theosophical Transactions, or Acta Philadelphica, were a series of five small memoirs published by the Philadelphian Society between March and November 1697. Edited by leaders of the group, Richard Roach and Francis Lee, they were intended to be circulated amongst members to inform them of religious occurrences and newly published works. They were published in London and sold for one shilling. Surviving copies of the Transactions in England are rare; the Bodleian Library in…

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Conference Report: Early Modern Catholics in the British Isles and Europe, 1-3 July 2015

At the start of July I attended the international and interdisciplinary conference ‘Early Modern Catholics in the British Isles and Europe: Integration or Separation?’ at Ushaw College, Durham. The conference was funded by the Centre for Catholic Studies, Durham University; Univesity of Notre Dame; University of Bergen; the European Network on the Instruments of Devotion; St Cuthbert’s Society, Ushaw; and the Catholic Record Society. The conference was directed by James Kelly and very well administrated…

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