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A letter to my younger self

Write a letter to your younger self

After the success of the Festival of Doctoral Research, we are continuing to compile a collection of “letters to my younger self” from distinguished researchers across the University focusing on their own journey through their doctorate (PhD/EngD/DClin Psych/DEd Psych/EdD etc).

The topic of the letter is: “What would you want your younger self to know?”

These letters will give those embarking on their doctoral journey some advice and guidance on what they might expect/experience and how to deal with it.

These letters are a celebration of the person writing them, they can be as heavy or light as the author wishes them to be.

The Task:

What we’re hoping for:

Professor Chris Howls

Dear Chris,

Professor Chris Howls, Director of the Doctoral College. "I’m writing to you from the future (apologies for the accompanying tachyon tsunami) to reassure you about what you are feeling now..."

Professor Anne Curry

Dear Anne,

Professor Anne Curry, the Dean of the Faculty of Humanities. "Hindsight is a valuable thing. Historians exploit it all the time..."

Professor Diana Eccles

Dear Diana,

Professor Diana Eccles, the new Dean of Medicine. "Don’t be in such a hurry! Know your plan A, but always be ready to seriously consider plan B or even C..."

Professor Bashir M. Al-Hashimi

Dear Bashir,

Professor Bashir M. Al-Hashimi CBE, FREng, FIEEE, Dean of the Faculty of Physical Sciences and Engineering. "It is true that we learn by experience and we all develop as individuals..."

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