8.15 am. My Outlook email etc. is still dead. I’m relying on the webmail version of the same for the time being. I read over my materials for the morning’s PhD viva voce before setting out. On arrival, the room for inquisition was prepared:
Ann Gow (University of Glasgow) arrived at 9.30 am. We had the traditional External/Internal Examiners’ debate for an hour, before the candidate and one of their supervisors were ushered in for the viva proper. We discussed the thesis and its implication for over an hour. A fascinating and engaging insight; one which left us all with much to ponder. A good outcome on many levels. Once the examiners’ reports were written, we said our goodbyes. 1.30 pm. Lunch was provided; this gave me an opportunity to catch up with emails before heading out for the Llanbadarn Campus to view a PhD practice-based research project, staged by one of my tutees:
The only sure way to test an idea is to test an idea. A practical implementation requires commitment, confidence, and shear hard work:
But the returns, for so doing, are tangible: the idea made manifest discloses yet other ideas, together with connections, rationales, encouragements, and interpretations that would otherwise be either unknowable or inaccessible.
3.15 pm. Back at the School, for the remainder of the afternoon, I held an MA art history tutorial followed by an MA Fine Art tutorial. There are occasions, and today is one, when I feel as though much the same conversation was had with both students. 5.25 pm. Homeward.
7.30 pm. I followed the instructions received from our Information Services department regarding the the migration malfunction on my home computers. Fixed. 8.45 pm. Back into the sound studio to explore possible ways of widening the sound field of several monaural tracks.