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— the unofficial blog of Theology & Religious Studies, University of Chester


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Student perspectives (David Ford)

Davie Ford is studying full-time for a PhD with us here at Chester. His research focusses on how non-religious people approach and interpret the Bible, and is centred on fieldwork conducted with a group of working men. We asked if he would give us an insight into his working week, and he kindly agreed.

book_b3f980b6-7688-45ed-bff8-322645b189d6Well, there may not actually be such a thing as a ‘normal’ week for a research student, but we all find the rhythm to which we work best.  As a full-time PhD student who’s married and has two young children, this is what my rhythm looks like.

Monday: In the ‘office’ (i.e. the post-grad study centre) for nine. It is a good place to work having plenty of desks, lockers, a meeting room and an all-important coffee machine. After a quick chat with Salma and Tari (Clinical Science PhD students) I get to work. I’m due to meet my supervisory team on Thursday and we had agreed that I would email them an essay reflecting on the fieldwork I’d just completed. I draft the Continue reading

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Student perspectives (Liam Metcalf-White)

Liam Metcalf-White is a 3rd year undergraduate studying our BA Religious Studies, and was game enough to accept the invitation to talk us through a few days in the life of a Chester student. 

Monday morning had been a time to get ready for the week ahead, making sure that all my notes were in order and that I had enough food to make some packed lunches. An afternoon spent perusing through books that may be useful for my dissertation was followed by an evening of cooking dinner, a little light reading and an early night in preparation for Continue reading