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I'd definately mention them if you're going to expand on it the how's and why's of it all. It's relevant and positive.
I'd just be prepared for a potential curveball when it comes to student satisfaction through the NSS. I spoke to a HoD who thinks it's a daft measure. They tried giving more chances for real constructive feedback long before major exams and hand in dates and they still scored low on the feedback and satisfaction. Hardly anyone ever turned up to use the feedback sessions that were provided but plenty marked them down for not doing enough.
What you seem to be describing is the gateway theory of criminal behaviour. Usually applied to drug use. And usually pretty easily refuted. If it's difficult to find a link between smaller illegal behaviour and larger when addictive substances are involved then it's probably going to be impossible here. No matter how much I want to read a paper I very rarely experience a rush doing so!
You'd be better off looking at things like white collar crime and work place fraud, and the links to opportunity etc. Already heavily researched but much more productive. The basic general findings are that many people will steal from a place of work if given the chance and a certain confluence of events. They don't start small and get bigger but instead are just opportunistic. So you don't have to worry about us moving on from illicit paper use, to whole journals, raiding the British Library and then hold all the first editions to ransom if we don't get the crown jewels and a helicopter.
Incidentally Sneaks is on the money. In certain area's of social science what you've just done, if you were to use any of it in any formal way, would constitute research. Observer participation most probably. There's a whole slew of ethical and legal issues that normally come with that, and the getting permission to actually go ahead and do it.
(For any silent observers in the forum, I do not consent! )
I wouldn't say it was a veiled attack 4Matt :-) I don't think first past the post is a fair system, or the best possible system. That doesn't mean that by default I think the others are perfect or suitable. I just think it's worth making a concerted effect to move towards some effective electoral reform, and a system that doesn't cause so much 'waste'.
I don't think the Lib dems should get an equal say as the system stands. I just didn't expect them to roll over for the Tories with such reckless abandon. I would have expected them to use the leverage that their position gives them to effect some change considering the stark differences between the two parties, even it was only putting on the brakes here and there so they could actually represent the people who voted them into their seats in the first place. Or at the very least standing up for what they supposedly believe in and withdrawing from the coalition.
It's the weetabix that makes the cover I think :D
Mine would be a blank computer document, with a cursor at the top left of the screen, waiting to write. It'd be called 'Bleeding Red Ink'.
Sneaks, a little off topic (and several days behind), do you know if the Fuseli painting is considered a representation of sleep paralysis or not? I've heard it described as the daemon on the chest, or the hag on the back etc before.
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I spoke to my supervisor today.
All is not well in peljam's phd world :( I asked about what sort of time frame I should put down on job applications and there was an issue. I didn't say anything as I'm hoping it will resolve itself fairly soon but...We have vastly different estimates on when I'll be submitting. Admittedly theirs was a very conservative one that they said might very well become sooner, but the gap was still shocking.
My estimate? Sometime this month
Currently I'm taking solace in the fact that I'm pretty sure they've not read a great deal of my latest chapters. So their admission that it could well be sooner is one that could be very true. I think it may be November now as maybe I have a little more work than I realised (can't think where though) and a little less than they think.
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