I just want to begin the upcoming academic year (for those of us in the northern hemisphere) with the affirmations that we’re getting there, and we can do it.

Really.

As much as I’m at a stage in my PhD where I feel cynical about the dignity of academic research culture, I also realise that it doesn’t really matter what I feel; the aim is to just finish it.

So, this is probably (hopefully) the last leg of my journey. I’m going to submit in May. I’m going to my viva in the summer. And then I’m going to finish the PhD.

And so are you, if you’re reading this and doing a PhD, and you’re going to do it in the right time for you, and very successfully too.

We’re getting there.

We can do it.

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