Well I had a quite wonderful afternoon, watching five of my PhD students receiving their PhDs today, at the graduation ceremony at The Lowry, Salford Quays. Warmest congratulations to each of them, so thrilled for them all. Proud and pleased. Lovely to share some time on such a sunny day with them, and meet their families and friends, and hear about their future plans. Radio, performance, practice as research, blogging, jazz, comedy, digital, critical race studies, diasporean media, cultural politics, the BBC and music/media industries—these clever, successful and creative people have taught me so much about these and other subjects over the past 3-4 years. Mary, Deborah, Tom, Lloyd, Everette: thank you! You can see the film of the ceremony here (PhD awards start at 1h:04m). And you can read here a lovely tribute on the Black British Academics website from one of my students, Deborah, to another, Everette (there are some kind words for the supervisor too, *blushing face).
A PhD is a lo-o-ong process, for supervisor and especially for the student, so I’m delighted that I’ve been involved in a run of successful completions and submissions in the past year. The topics have clustered around media and music, and include my first forays into supervising colleagues, staff candidates presenting a creative portfolio for PhD by Published Works. Supervision at Salford is a collaborative process: note the co-supervisors listed too.
I’ve never had so many students through—usually it might be up to one, just perhaps two, a year. The Graduation Ceremony in July 2014 at the Lowry @ Salford Quays will be my absolutely busiest ever … I’m so pleased for the achievements of all below.
Nick Katuszonek. Jazz and European identities, in practice (drums) and criticism. (Practice as research.) Co-supervisor: Prof Tony Wyton, Music. Nick is a professional improvising drummer, and teaches drumming at Leeds College of Music. (Submitted, awaiting viva.)
Lloyd Peters. Media Practice and New Approaches to Mise-en-Scène and Auteur Theory in Broadcast Radio (PhD by Published Work: portfolio of BBC Radio 4 plays as author + critical thesis. Staff candidate). Lloyd is Senior Lecturer in Media and Performance at Salford. (Minor corrections currently being worked on.)
Deborah Gabriel (Salford, 2014). African Caribbean Bloggers in the UK: Alternative Voices on the Web. Co-supervisors: Dr Yu-wei Lin, then Dr Michael Goddard, Media. Deborah is a lecturer, researcher and journalist. She is founder of Black British Academics, as well as an Ambassador for the National Co-ordinating Centre for Public Engagement. (Minor corrections currently being worked on.)
Tom Sykes (Salford, 2014). Jazz for the iPod Generation: Music Distribution, Festivals, and Digital Technology. Co-supervisor: Prof Tony Whyton, Music. Tom is Lecturer in Music at Liverpool Community College. He is also a violinist and piano player. (Completed and awarded.)
Everette Ndlovu (Salford, 2014). The Role of Diasporean Media in Social Change in Zimbabwe. Co-supervisor: Prof Seamus Simpson, Media Policy. Everette currently teaches media theory and production in several Manchester Further and Higher Education institutions. (Completed and awarded.)
Mary Oliver (Salford, 2013). The Digital Performer: Performance, Technology, and New Performance Paradigms (PhD by Published Work: portfolio of live performances as performer + critical thesis. Staff candidate). Mary was Reader in Performance at Salford, and took up a new Chair as Head of Media at Manchester Metropolitan University shortly after her viva. (Completed and awarded.)
Ira Yusof (Salford, 2013). The English Premier League in Malaysia: The Symbiotic Relationship Between the Media Industry and Football Fandom. Co-supervisor: Prof Garry Crawford, Sociology. Ira is a lecturer in media at Universiti Teknologi MARA, Malaysia. (Completed and awarded.)