All entries for December 2009

December 17, 2009

Bye Jane

Tomorrow marked the last day of work at the Warwick Business School for Jane Varley. She had been acting as programme manager of the Doctoral Programme for the last two and a half years. During that time she always had time to listen to our problems, however small and trivial, sometimes not even related to our studies. It was not just listening, she would reply promptly to any email queries - the hallmark of good customer service.

She personally helped me a lot with my applications for my studentship and the part time teaching post before that and I will always be indepted to her. Almost everyone I talked to feel sad she's leaving. Just learnt that someone new is coming to replace her and that guy definitely has some big shoes to fit into.

Wish you all the best Jane.

December 13, 2009

Unsolicited emails in the name of research

I hate sending out unsolicited emails but as the data collection for my research draws to a close and no where near my targeted number of respondents, I realise that sometimes in life, you have to do things you hate to achieve your goals or target.

So here I am sending out emails to bloggers all over the UK via email addresses gleaned form their blogs and cringing every time I press the send button. I won't be surprised if some send me back nasty replies and even get my email branded as a spammer. However, I have no choice. My entire PhD research is at stake and I am just hoping that these people would look kindly at this poor PhD student and the fact that this is an academic research. Hopefully the holiday spirit will help as well.

Of course there is the fact that a 50p donation will be made to Cancer Research UK for every completed questionnaire plus there's a prize draw for all participants who provide their contact details - an opportunity for you to suggest a donation of £100.00 to a charity of your choice or take the cash prize for yourself (your choice) and 10 other respondents will win Amazon vouchers worth £10 each.

Please feel free to distribute this information to anyone you think may be interested - an email or a mention in your blog would be really appreciated. You can access my online survey here:

Thanks and Merry Christmas

(update 14-Dec-2009: Noticed so many typos. It's appalling)

Dilip Mutum

This blog records some of the thoughts and experiences of Dilip Mutum at the University of Warwick. He has been blogging since 2003 and this is but one of his many blogs.

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