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Chris - background to the PhD
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Name: Chris
PhD discipline: Languages - Russian
Area(s) of work: Audit; independent writing
Year of graduation: 2005
Date of Interview: 17/06/2008

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Chris outlines the time-frame of his PhD and the uncertainties surrounding the issue of funding.

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Background to PhD

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

I finished my PhD in March 2005 and was examined in May 2005 and I had begun it in October 2001. 

How old were you when you started it?

23.

And did you do the bulk of it full-time then?

Yeah, it was all full-time.

And how did you fund your study?

Both for my Masters and for my PhD I applied for British Academy AHRC funding and was unsuccessful both times and on both occasions was fortunate to get Oxbridge College funding to the same value so I had full funding from a college in Oxbridge for my PhD.

Did you work at all beforehand? 

No, I came straight through from my undergraduate degree. 

Were there any significant obstacles that you had to overcome in order to embark on the PhD?

Only financial, so only the fact that in the two Augusts before my Masters and my PhD I had no funding and I didn't know what I was going to do and then there was a hasty set of applications for this university-specific funding. So if I hadn't been successful, I wouldn't have done it at all. I couldn't have afforded to do it.

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