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Saturday, 26 January 2013 16:33
strange_complex: (Silver Jubilee knees-up)
My weekly 'what I did at work this week' post usually goes up on a Friday evening, but on that day this week I still hadn't quite finished the marking which represents the last of my teaching duties for the next year. So I have let the post run on into Saturday instead, finished up the marking, and can now add it to this post and capture a nice clean break between my normal academic routine and the proper start of my research leave - yay!

From next week onwards I'll be recording my weekly work-related activities here in a different format, to suit the fact that I will be working in a different way. I'm not quite sure what that format will be yet, but I will figure that out on Monday.

For now, this post is part of a regular series made largely for my own benefit. You can pretty much scroll right past.

Teaching
Evidence and Enquiry - marked 20 assignments.
City in the Roman World - marked 60 exam scripts.

Admin
NOTHING HA HA HA

Research
Nothing, because even though this was the first week of my research leave, in practice I was busy finishing up my marking. :-/ But that will completely change from next week onwards. :-)

Other
Wrote and submitted a 3700-word article about the spatial aspects of Clodius' murder for the Journal of Classics Teaching.

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WIDAWTW

Friday, 18 January 2013 21:39
strange_complex: (Amelia Rumford archaeologist)
This post is part of a regular series made largely for my own benefit. You can pretty much scroll right past.

Teaching
Roman World - wrote my half of the exam paper and crib-notes for the people who will mark my questions for the assessed essay and exam. Passed them on to the person who will be teaching this module in the second semester.
Evidence and Enquiry - marked 19 assignments.
PhD supervision - read 10,000 words and held two meetings.

Admin
Attended a meeting of the Classics working group (which is supposed to be determining the future of our department, but is just faffing around and prevaricating really).
Completed full and final approval forms for four-and-a-half new Joint Honours programmes.
Wrote up a Guide to Being a Departmental DoSE for the next year for the poor unfortunate colleague who will take over the role from me while I am on research leave. Met with him, talked through it and handed it over.
Attended a meeting with some people from History about potential teaching synergies.

Research
Read and reviewed two colleagues' draft AHRC funding proposals. Attended a peer review workshop, delivered feedback to them, listened to general feedback and got specific feedback on my own application. Very useful and encouraging.

Other
Delivered a school talk about Ostia, which seemed to go down well.
Attended a one-hour training session on how to use a new research grant management system.

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WIDAWTW

Thursday, 20 December 2012 15:50
strange_complex: (Obelix boar)
Right! I am basically declaring it Christmas. Had e-bloody-nough of work now, thanks. Tools down!

This post is part of a regular series made largely for my own benefit. You can pretty much scroll right past.

Teaching
Roman World - met with one student about her assignment.
Had lunch / a debriefing session about last week's conference with one of my PhD students and his co-supervisor.

Admin
Wrote descriptions of our new JH ClasCiv programmes so that they can be advertised to applicants.

Research
Made some further (rather slow and painful) progress on my AHRC application.

Other
Went into work specially for a training session, which then had to be cancelled because the server hosting the software we were supposed to be being trained on was down - gah!
Started work on a school talk about Ostia which I will be delivering in January.

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WIDAWTW

Friday, 14 December 2012 18:42
strange_complex: (Cicero history)
This post is part of a regular series made largely for my own benefit. You can pretty much scroll right past.

Teaching
Roman World / City in the Roman World - uploaded more (anonymous) first-class essays to the VLE for students who got lower grades to see.
Dissertations - read a student's plan and held a meeting with him about it.

Admin
Held a plagiarism hearing.
Made module reviews and programme reviews available on the department's VLE area, so that students can see how we are responding to their feedback.

Research
Held a preparatory meeting with one of my PhD students for a conference he is running this week.
Attended the conference itself (a two-day event), including chairing a session.
Began sketching together the sorts of things I will say in my AHRC application. Just notes so far, not continuous prose, but it's a start. Read a very helpful book chapter about approaches to fascist engagement with the Classical world which has clarified my understanding of some paradigms which I can present my work as challenging.

Other
Attended a tutors' meeting.

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