A major reason for that is the REF panel and the time taken, inter alia, to read and assess 1000 papers. I am not at all convinced by the entire research assessment process – however, if it is to happen it is needs to be done as well as possible, hence while still reeling from the walk (indeed asked whilst on the walk) I agreed to be on the panel at a relatively late stage late in 2013.
At the end of the year with the results out I guess the other members of the REF panels and I are either loved hated deepening on how different institutions fared … maybe it is good that I live on an island so far from anyone :-/
I guess I am no more convinced at the end of the process than I was at the beginning. It was good to read so much over such a wide range of topics, I feel I have an overview of UK computing that I have never had before. This was often depressing (so many niche areas that clearly will never affect anything else in computer science, let alone the world), but also lifted by the occasional piece of work that was theoretically deep, well reported and practically useful.
Beyond the many many hours of reading for REF, the world has moved on:
- Fiona has begun to sell more textile art online and at events, including a stall at Fasanta where the Tiree Tapestry was also exhibited.
- Miriam passed her driving test and has a car.
- Esther has had a number of performances including a short film (although sadly I’ve not managed to attend any this year :-()
Personally and work-wise (the boundary is always hard to draw):
- I eventually managed to fill in the remaining day blogs for Alan Walks Wales in time for 1st anniversary!
- I’m gradually managing to spread the word about the unique data I collected at various talks including at events in Bangelore and Athens.
- The OnSupply project about awareness of renewable energy production was wonderfully successful with several workshops in Tiree, a best paper nomination at ICT4S and an accepted CHI paper.
- Work with Rachel on Musicology data, which has been slowly ticking along informally, has now been funded as the InConcert project and we ran an exciting symposium on concert-related data in November.
- At Talis I am looking at the benefits of learning analytics and published my first journal paper in the area, as well as using it practically in teaching.
- Tiree Tech Wave has gone from strength to strength with capacity attendance and digital fabrication workshops for the Tiree community in the autumn.
- … and not least competed in the 35 mile round Tiree Ultra-marathon in September 🙂
… and in 2015
who knows, but I’ve already entered for next year’s ultra – why not join me 🙂