PhD Timeline

As my proposed PhD includes digital outputs, I thought it best to make a digital representation of the proposed timeline. So, the following is an initial digital timeline for my proposed PhD, with three studies taking place over the course of three years.

Below you will find a general overview of the projected completion points of the PhD’s studies and outputs and more detailed timelines for each year. As it is divided into three years, you can click the buttons bellow to jump to the relevant year of the PhD or you can just keep scrolling down straight to the overview and follow along chronologically from there.


Overview

Image Description: an infographic titled, Autism & Grief PhD Timeline - overview of projected completion milestones. the milestones displayed are: 
winter year 1, literature review & qualitative analysis
spring year 1, reflective essay & blog posts
spring year 2, comparative study using psychometrics
winter year 3, qualitative study using IPA
summer year 3, digital space fully set up
summer year 3, thesis submitted

Year 1

  • Autumn

    Training & Events

    • School induction
    • Training needs analysis (TNA)
    • Writing a literature review (institute of academic development – IAD)
  • Study 1 – Literature Review

    • Orientate review within literature
    • Develop research strategy to improve quality (possibly borrowing systematic methods, especially for models of grief as more established literature compared with autism and grief)
    • Literature search
    • Begin screening and collating studies

  • Study 1 – Qual Analysis

    • Review guidelines of spaces being accessed and consult the school regarding ethics
    • Apply for ethics
    • Review guiding questions

  • Study 1 – Reflective Essay

    • Reflective journaling (ongoing)
  • Outputs

    • Begin considering different tools of co-production/co-construction

  • Winter (1)

    Training & Events

    • Realising the benefits of good research data management (IAD)
    • Writing freely: blogging about your research (IAD)

  • Study 1 – Literature Review

    • Continue screening and collating
    • Start structuring thoughts
    • Begin detailed review

  • Study 1 – Qual Analysis

    • Collecting and formatting data
    • Begin on analysis (grounded theory)

  • Study 1 – Reflective Essay

    • Reflective journaling (ongoing)
  • Outputs

    • Design basic site
    • Start on building the space (possibly link in the Edinburgh University AS group)
  • Winter (2)

    Training & Events

    • Creating impactful public engagement (IAD)
    • Living in the aftermath of death; counselling approaches to bereavement (audit)
    • Philosophy of death and dying (possibly audit)
    • Hub festival
  • Study 1 – Literature Review

    • Continue detailed review
    • Write up
    • Literature review completed

  • Study 1 – Qual Analysis

    • Continue analysis
    • Write up
    • Qual analysis completed

  • Study 1 – Reflective Essay

    • Continued reflective journaling
    • Begin to consider key structure

  • Outputs

    • Continue building site with input – co-construction from start
  • Spring

    Training & Events

    • Living in the aftermath of death; counselling approaches to bereavement (audit) – continued
    • Philosophy of death and dying (possibly audit) – continued
    • Methods
  • Study 1 – Reflective Essay

    • Write up
    • Reflective essay complete
    • Study 1 complete
    • Prepare extracts for blog posts
  • Outputs

    • Start populating the site with infographics and information from Study 1
    • Begin preparing Study 1 for dissemination
  • Summer

    Training & Events

    • Summer School
    • Symposium

  • Outputs

    • Prepare Study 1 papers for publication & presentation
    • Prepare visual summaries and further lay representations for digital space
    • Make study available in digital spaces accessed throughout to further indicate PhD’s intention within the autistic community & reach a wider audience for engagement
  • Study 2

    • Review literature on inclusive/accessible research frameworks for psychometrics
    • Reassess measures to be used & draft tasks and format all
    • Draft study advertisements & sheets for participants (e.g. participant information sheet, debrief, etc.)
    • Apply for ethics

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Year 2

  • Autumn

    Training & Events

    • TNA
    • Other ongoing

  • Study 2

    • Launch advertisements
    • Invite participants & run study
  • Winter (1)

    Training & Events

    • Mentoring scheme
    • Other ongoing
  • Study 2

    • Running the study
    • Finish data collection & clean data in preparation for analysis
    • Analyses of Study 2 data (statistical analyses in SPSS & any qualitative analysis determined on the amount of qualitative data represented)

  • Outputs

    • Keeping a log of supportive resources cited in Task 1 of Study 2 for analysis to later be translated into a post/graphic of “who/what supports me through grief” in the digital space
  • Winter (2)

    Training & Events

    • Hub festival
    • Other ongoing
  • Study 2

    • Analyses continued
    • Write up

  • Spring

    Training & Events

    • Methods
    • Other ongoing
  • Study 2

    • Writing up
    • Study 2 complete
  • Outputs

    • Study 2 (finished write up) sent to participants who indicated they would like to see results and agreed to be re-contacted
    • Prepare Study 2 for publication & presentation
    • Prepare visual summaries and further lay representations for digital space
    • Begin to integrate Study 1 & Study 2 with thesis write up
  • Study 3

    • Create interview questions
    • Draft study advertisements & sheets for participants (e.g. participant information sheet & debrief)
    • Apply for ethics
    • Ongoing self-reflexivity & hot beverage chats*

    *weekly reflexive chats with another to keep self in check and aware of own positionality

  • Summer

    Training & Events

    • Summer school
    • Symposium
  • Study 3

    • Recruit participants from Study 2 & invite for interview
    • Ongoing transcription & IPA*

    *interpretative phenomenological analysis

  • Outputs

    • Tidying up any Study 2 outputs
    • Keeping log of supportive measures highlighted by participants throughout the grieving process for informing digital space

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Year 3

  • Autumn

    Training & Methods

    • TNA
    • Other ongoing
  • Study 3

    • Ongoing self-reflexivity & reflexive hot beverage chats
    • Recruit more broadly & invite for interview
    • Ongoing transcription & IPA
    • Writing up
  • Outputs

    • Continuing to keep log of supportive measures highlighted by participants throughout the grieving process for informing digital space
  • Winter (1)

    Training & Events

    • Mentoring scheme
    • Other ongoing
  • Study 3

    • Analysis continued & writing up continued
  • Winter (2)

    Training & Events

    • Hub festival
    • Other ongoing
  • Study 3

    • Write up continued & finished
    • Study 3 completed – prepare paper for dissemination
  • Spring

    Training & Events

    • Methods
    • Other ongoing
  • Outputs

    • Study 3 (finished write up) sent to participants who indicated they would like to see results and agreed to be re-contacted
    • Prepare Study 3 for publication & presentation
    • Prepare visual summaries and further lay representations for digital space
    • Integrate Study 3 with final thesis write up
  • Summer

    Training & Events

    • Summer school
    • Symposium
    • Final year conference
  • Outputs

    • Thesis finalised with studies integrated and written up (submitted)
    • Digital space updated with results and information from all three studies (further engagement here)

PhD Completion

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