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Joanne - background to the PhD
Name: Joanne
PhD discipline: History
Area(s) of work: Publishing
Year of graduation: 2002
Date of Interview: 18/06/2008

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Joanne provides some background details to her life before and during the PhD.

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Can you tell me when you completed your PhD and how many years it took? 

I finished in 2002 and it took four years so I started in 1998 so I finished, my viva was in November 2002.

And how old were you when you started?

26, and I was just 30 when I took my viva, I had just turned 30.

Did you do the bulk of your study full-time or part-time?

It was all full-time, I mean I taught in – that it was part of –, I did some teaching and temping bits of work here and there, but no, it was full-time. 

And I was going to ask, how did you fund your study?

It was all funded by the AHRB, AHRC? It changed its name half way through (laughter).

And did you work beforehand?

Yeah, I worked, I had a year after, I did my MA and then I had a year working and then I did the PhD.

What did you do in that year?

I did a bit of temping and I worked at the ICA, Institute of Contemporary Arts as an intern and then I got a full-time job at the National Portrait Gallery in their publications department as just a general assistant there. I was only there five months and then I went to do the PhD. So there was a moment where I had to choose whether to carry on with the career or go and do the PhD.

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