Yesterday I presented my Confirmation presentation to a small audience of supportive friends, and colleagues, and a big scary evaluation panel of incredible academics who actually weren’t scary at all. It was a massive day for me, and I’m absolutely thrilled that it was so successful.

Here’s how confirmation happens. A week ago I submitted a very large slab of writing – 96 pages worth. It represents the first three chapters of my PhD thesis. Next step is to give a very short presentation summarising this written work – the why, the how, and the what of what I am doing. After giving the short presentation; the panel of reviewers, one of my supervisors (Dr Colleen Stieler-Hunt), and the Dean of Research gave me some immediate feedback. Then I had to *leave the room* for half an hour while they deliberated on the outcome of my written submission & my presentation – aaagh! The result of the deliberation? Signed off straightaway. CONFIRMED! There was really great feedback – a lot of it positive, but also a lot of critical feedback too. Things to think about and consider for final write-up. It was an incredibly valuable experience, and so very far from what I had imagined. I now have a great deal of momentum and optimism for the remainder of my candidature. It’s really exciting!

For those that are interested, here are the slides that I presented yesterday. I’ll write up a summary of my work so far in another post, but for now, here are my slides. Please feel free to get in touch if you would like to clarify or discuss any of this with me.