She was proud of me despite finding the obsession with sex rather embarrassing

Dedication

I dedicate this thesis to my father, Dr Jack Martin Kirkman, MB, BS (1918-1994). He was an adventurer and autodidact who learnt to drive in a T-Model Ford and to fly in a Tiger Moth, later flying Spitfires as a fighter pilot. He enrolled in medicine as a mature age student and was valued and respected as a general practitioner. With his adventurous spirit, interest in technology, support for social justice, and pursuit of lifelong learning Jack has been an inspiration and role model.

Acknowledgements

Relationships are complicated and I have some complicated relationships with the people acknowledged here. I first met Christopher Fox when I visited him in his office to ask if he was interested in supervising my candidature. Supervision has been complicated over the five years of candidature yet Chris has been a constant source of support and influence, even during the middle period when he was not an official supervisor. When I needed someone Chris came back on board as an honorary associate supervisor demonstrating dedication and belief in the topic—and me. Thank you; you rock. Thank you to Virginia Dickson-Swift who took on the role of principal supervisor and cheerfully assisted in steering me through to the end with prompt feedback, practical working structures and useful conversations. I appreciate that Amanda Kenny accepted me as a candidate and later connected me with Cindy Masaro, which led to a visit to Canada. Rob Townsend briefly stepped in as supervisor. I am very grateful for the participants who gave their time, stories and insights; and without whom this research would not exist.

Actual and virtual communities have made a huge contribution to my learning and ultimate success in the PhD process. The Health Sciences post-grad lab at La Trobe Bendigo has gone through a few locations and different populations. My initial companion in the dungeon lab was Karen Marshall whose friendship and intelligence was vital for a number of reasons. One of her excellent skills was to listen intently and have useful contributions to make when my ideas were unfocussed, managing to find the point I was struggling to express. In the latest iteration of the post-grad lab (not a dungeon; it has great views of sky) the collegiality and sense of community has been an example of how such things should be. Charon Freebody, Elena Wilson and Diana Guzys gave friendship and willingness to participate in discussions. Twitter has been like an associate supervisor and through the discussions, links to resources, and community culture of #phdchat I have had access to a 24/7 source of support and up-to-date ideas. The #sexgeekdom community, online and in person, has been a source of friendship, current research and fun times. Daniel Reeders has been a great sounding board and source of up-to-date information on matters HIV and STI, theory, and health promotion. Mark Tolley kept me functioning with therapeutic massage and simultaneous thoughtful insights. Caitlin Whiteman tested her new editing skills and did a brilliant and speedy job of editing the manuscript, teaching me new things as she went.

Cindy Masaro generously invited a complete stranger to stay for a month, and shared ideas, support and encouragement, in Canada and via Skype. Joy Johnson gave time, wisdom and generosity in allowing me to visit the Institute for Gender and Health at the University of British Columbia and provided supervision while I was there in August 2012.

My family has been encouraging, supportive and shown belief in me and my work. I am sad that my mother, Yvonne Kirkman, died before the thesis was finished; she was proud of me despite finding the obsession with sex rather embarrassing.

Huge thanks, love and appreciation go to Jim Ettles who manages a very complicated relationship with grace and generosity.

Contributor: Linda Kirkman

Source: Kirkman, L (2015) Doing relationships differently: rural baby boomers negotiate friends-with-benefits relationships, PhD, La Trobe University Melbourne

If you ask me if you’re in the book, I will say no

Thanks to Alex and Luke for giving me peace to write this book and inspiring many smiles, too many to count.

To Biden, who is no longer with us, but wouldn’t have read the book anyway. She wasn’t really a voracious reader.

To Poseidon and Neptune who would stare back at me every time I had writer’s block and was staring in at them. They didn’t know how to fix plot holes either.

Thanks to MyEcoLips and Hearty Tarts for creating the author swag for this book. It’s not magical really…or is it? If you want to order Cerise’s lip-stain, without the magic but with all the other ingredients, the Ecolips formula code is ma9fy1j.

To all my muses, none of whom will ever read this book (probably), thanks for all the sleepless nights. If you ask me if you’re in the book, I will say no. The answer is always no. Even when the answer is yes, it’s no.

Special mentions for assistance, support and encouragement: Lesley, Cat, Lynx, Rod, Carol, Ronnie and all at Irvine Beat FM, the staff at Costa Coffee in Kilmarnock, Tony, Julia, Sami, Mum, Dad, Lynne, Guillaume, Louis, Papa and the Pollocks.

Thanks to everyone involved in this book on every level.

Contributor: Lacey Dearie

Source: Cherry Lips: A Chick-Lit Fairytale You can buy it here

Everyone at the Exeter branch of Headway Devon for being so brilliant

Thank you so much to everyone who has helped me along my student journey. So many people have been so kind. There are far too many to name but there are some people who I would like to especially thank. First and foremost I would like to thank the participants in the study and everyone at the Exeter branch of Headway Devon for being so brilliant. Everyone at the Open University, particularly my supervisors Dr Lindsay O’Dell and Dr Sarah Earle have been wonderful and ensured that this journey has been great fun as well as educationally enriching. Thanks to my examiners, Professor Dan Goodley and Professor Rose Barbour for an intellectually stimulating and enjoyable viva. Finally I would like to thank my family. My family have been so supportive and have given me unconditional encouragement throughout; I would not have been able to complete a PhD without them. I would like to especially thank my nephew Oliver for bringing me so much happiness and for allowing me to watch cartoons with him.

Contributor: Jonathan Harvey

Source: Harvey, J (2015) Navigating the complexities of Acquired Brain Injury: Theorising everyday activities in identity (re)construction, PhD, Open University

I have received many messages of encouragement

It has been my privilege to work closely with Dr. Mike Swift and Prof. Roger Bowley, I have enjoyed the opportunity to watch and learn from their knowledge and experience. Their frequent insights and patience with me are always appreciated. I am very proud of what we have achieved together, thank you both. I am grateful to Dr. Klaus Roeller for bringing us such an interesting problem to study.

I would not have studied this PhD without the wise counsel of Prof. Laurence Eaves and Julie Kenny, who have been steady hands to steer me through my undergraduate and postgraduate career in Nottingham.

I have received many messages of encouragement from the Sixty Symbols and Numberphile communities on You Tube, they have been a pleasure to read; thank you to Brady Haran for the opportunity to be a part of those projects.

I am indebted to all my friends who have supported me over the last few years: Ben Troke, David Wagner, Anton Piccardo-Selg, Sonali Warriar, Lucy Goff, Kate and David Strange-Walker, Max and James Down, and Andrew and Barbara Crane. I have enjoyed many useful and entertaining discussions with my friend and co-worker Jack Wade.

I wish to thank my father Paul, my sister Ruth and her husband Rick, my fabulous nephews: Nathan, Saul and Cain, who have bought great joy to my life. Finally I owe much to Joanna Grace, without whose love and understanding I would not have completed this work.

Contributor: James Clewett

Source: Clewett, J (2013) Emergent surface tension in boiling granular media, PhD, University of Nottingham

Train journeys at ungodly hours

The Golden Age is before us, not behind us

Sallust 

First of all, a huge “thank you” to my supervisor for these past, nearly four, years, Professor David Collison, for his unflagging support and advice of one sort and another. Hopefully all those train journeys at ungodly hours paid off.

Also, thanks to Mark Whiteley, one of the nicest and most helpful people imaginable, who supervised my 3rd-year and MChem projects, for setting me off on further roads, and to both Emma and Hannah for their good influence then and since.

To Professors Eric McInnes and Richard Winpenny for advice and inspiration. Sorry this took so long Richard, it wasn’t deliberate, honest!

To Iain May for what seems to have been a career defining chat a long, long time ago…

In the Magnets Group and beyond, thanks to Floriana Tuna for her expertise with EPR and SQUID. To Stephen Sproules for help with EPR and being so knowledgeable about almost everything, danke sehr. Thanks to Asad for everything over the past eight (help!) years. Won’t forget seeing England keep The Ashes at Old Trafford, rain and all. To Eufemio, Panama’s greatest scientist! One day, maybe, I’ll get there… Thanks to Luke and Tom for being magnets-heroes to worship. To all those past and present members who’ve offered up some help or advice, you’re all wonderful. A special thanks to those who had to endure my tortuous writing up and for their (unwitting or otherwise) support through it, especially James, Sam and Claire.

For the newer Magnets Group members at Manchester and those venturing abroad (Scotland), best wishes! Keep your enthusiasm if possible. And good luck to all MChem students who passed through my orbit. I noticed not many of you stuck with chemistry though… To the latest project students Tom (Prodigy) and Hatty, I hope you get what you want!

Even more recently I made the geographically short move to the National EPR Service. I’m so grateful to know the wonderful people Chloe, Simon and Dan who haunt the Alan Turing Building. Thanks for keeping me at least slightly sane whilst figuring things out over there!

To my brothers John and Ben: Hurrah, made it this far! Thanks for all the things that have made this more bearable. Maybe all those weird side-projects can get done now… rockets, weather balloons, rail-guns, prog-rock albums??? So much to catch up with…

Lastly, thanks to my parents for all the moral support and the amazing chances they’ve given me over the years (not to mention living in the same house as me and John for the past few years in particular).

Contributor: Joseph Sharples

Source: Sharples, J (2013) Cooling Rapidly and Relaxing Slowly with 4f Ions, PhD, University of Manchester

Karina for not despairing of me to the point where I noticed

The kind efforts of a large number of people have enabled me to compile and write this book, beginning with the most important and unending source of support: my wife, Karina. I would like to thank them all for helping, but especially Karina for not despairing of me to the point where I noticed. I am also indebted to the following people for various reasons related to the project, all of whom deserve special mention: the book’s subscribers; all at the mighty Unbound, particularly John Mitchinson and Cathy Hurren; Frederick Courtright; Caz Hildebrand; Andrew Carroll; James Cameron; Sam Ward; Nick Hornby; Patrick Robbins; Robert Gibbons; Amir Anvi; Frank Ciulla and family; Margaret and Hugh Connell; Bob Mortimer; Jim Temple; Moose Allain; Nigel Brachi; Bob Meade; Denis Cox; Lauren Laverne and all at the BBC; Jason Kottke; Leslie Barany; Graham Linehan; Roger Launius; Henry McGroggan; John Johnson; TinyLetter; Anna Neville; and, last but by no means least, my friends and family.

Contributor: Shaun Usher

Source: Usher S (2013) Letters of Note: Correspondence deserving of a wider audience, Unbound: London

To the sockeye, at the heart of this endeavor, Here’s hoping your populations will flourish, for ever and EVER!

It’s been a long road, but here I am at the end,
but there are so many people to whom thanks I extend!

First and foremost, is a well-deserved thanks to Prof Hinch,
Without your support and encouragement, I’d be in a real pinch!
Great mentorship, so approachable, good advice is your game,
You even sent me to a wonderful salmon conference in Spain!

David Patterson is next, the fert experiment gu-ru,
I’m not sure that this project would’ve been possible without you! (and E-watch)
You taught me the art of gamete collection and experimental design,
You’ve been an excellent editor and given me so much of your time!

Dr. John Richardson completes my committee of three,
A big thanks for your input, careful edits, and smile so cheer-y!

And I could never forgot all the helpers – SO MANY!
But the king of them all is most surely field Andy,
Mr. Lotto you’re a genius, a wet-lab master-mind,
A more knowledgeable, reliable, positive worker one could not find!

There are so many great people who assisted in lab-fishy fun,
Jayme, Lisa, Merran, Jessica, Vanessa, D’Arcy to name some!
Lucas taught me to swim sockeye, with Lindsay we swam 2000+ fry,
All Hinch members helped with ferts, picking morts, counting ‘eyed’.

But who are these “Hinch members”? This fantabulous crew!
What made these years great was working alongside of you!
Marika, Mike, Erika, Kim, Eduardo, Tim, and Roscoe,
Matt, Al, Kendra, Charlotte, Brian, who could say no?
And there’s Andrea, and Eric, and even dear Glen,
And last(just because),is cheery ol’ Ken!

Now life as a student, isn’t all milk and honey,
And I’m very thankful to the sources that have supported me financially!
A Faculty of Forestry Recruitment Award allowed me to initiate my work,
Followed by the Mary and David Macaree Fellowship and a one-year NSERC.

But the support I have leaned on, quite possibly the most,
Is the kind that all grad students most certainly boast,
It comes from my friends, loved ones, and close famil-y,
Who have kept me a-float when times were hard or craz-y.

To mom, dad, Will, and Sam, you have been so supreme,
You have nurtured my learning, supported my dreams!
And at last to the sockeye, at the heart of this endeavor,
Here’s hoping your populations will flourish, for ever and EVER!

Featuring Dr. Scott Hinch, Andrew Lotto, Jayme Hills, Lisa Thompson, Merran Hague, Jessica Carter, Vanessa Ives, D’Arcy McKay, Lucas Pon, Lindsay Neilsen, Marika Gale, Michael Donaldson, Erika Eliason, Kim Hruska, Eduardo Martins, Timothy Clark, David Roscoe, Matt Drenner, Alison Collins, Kendra Robinson, Charlotte Whitney, Brian Ma, Andrea Haas, Erik Vogt, Glenn Crossin, Ken Jeffries

Contributor: Jennifer Burt

Source: Burt J M (2011) Influences of parental identity and elevated incubation temperature on the survival, development and early life history traits in sockeye salmon, MSc, University of British Columbia

A mentor and friend, from whom I have learnt the vital skill of disciplined critical thinking

Foremost, I would like to express my deepest thanks to my two supervisors, Professor Phil Trinder and Dr Patrick Maier. Their patience, encouragement, and immense knowledge were key motivations throughout my PhD. They carry out their research with an objective and principled approach to computer science. They persuasively conveyed an interest in my work, and I am grateful for my inclusion in their HPC-GAP project.

Phil has been my supervisor and guiding beacon through four years of computer science MEng and PhD research. I am truly thankful for his steadfast integrity, and selfless dedication to both my personal and academic development. I cannot think of a better supervisor to have. Patrick is a mentor and friend, from whom I have learnt the vital skill of disciplined critical thinking. His forensic scrutiny of my technical writing has been invaluable. He has always found the time to propose consistently excellent improvements. I owe a great debt of gratitude to Phil and Patrick.

I would like to thank Professor Greg Michaelson for offering thorough and excellent feedback on an earlier version of this thesis. In addition, a thank you to Dr Gudmund Grov. Gudmund gave feedback on Chapter 4 of this thesis, and suggested generality improvements to my model checking abstraction of HdpH-RS.

A special mention for Dr Edsko de Vries of Well Typed, for our insightful and detailed discussions about network transport design. Furthermore, Edsko engineered the network abstraction layer on which the fault detecting component of HdpH-RS is built.

I thank the computing officers at Heriot-Watt University and the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre for their support and hardware access for the performance evaluation of HdpH-RS.

Contributor: Rob Stewart

Source: Stewart, R (2013) Reliable Massively Parallel Symbolic Computing: Fault Tolerance for a Distributed Haskell, PhD, Heriot Watt University

Making me realise that I should never let being dyslexic hold me back from what I want to do

This PhD thesis is the culmination of a life-long interest in geology and has turned into as much a labour of love as a scientific study. Numerous people over the years have helped me get here, so there are many people I need to thank. Firstly, I would like to thank my supervisors from Durham University, Richard Davies and Richard Brown for their support, encouragement and advice throughout this project. I would like to thank my supervisors from Statoil UK Ltd, Jenny Morris and Rosie Fletcher for their guidance and assistance, and for giving me valuable insights into the petroleum industry. I would also like to thank my past supervisors, Dougal Jerram and Dorthe Møller Hansen for helping to set up this project. I am very grateful to the Volcanic Margins Research Consortium for providing excellent field trips, a place to discuss my research and access to some of the most knowledgeable people in my field, both in academia and industry. I would especially like to thank Tim Watton, Sam Clark, Bansri Raithatha, Heather Rawcliffe, Catherine Nelson, Clayton Grove, Nick Schofield, Simon Passey, David Brown, Richard Walker and Brian Bell for interesting discussions, both in the class room and down the pub. At the end of my PhD, this thesis was examined by Peter Burgess from Royal Holloway, University of London and Claire Horwell from Durham University. I would like to thank both of them for the many suggestions that improved this manuscript.

I would like to extend my gratitude to Statoil UK for funding this project through the CeREES scholarship program, and for providing much of the seismic reflection data. To David Ellis, Peter Dromgoole, Alex Reid and Adam Pugh for useful discussions and advice throughout my PhD. To DONG Energy UK for providing an internship and for letting me get my hands on industry data without any real expectations. To Mike Smith, Steve Cannon, Catherine Horseman, Alwyn Ross, Rémi Rateau, Giuseppina Pezza and Richard Nice for letting me ask many, many questions about Petrel. To the Rosebank partnership, Chevron, Statoil, OMV and DONG Energy, for permission to use the work undertaken during my internship as part of my PhD thesis. To Chevron, CGG Veritas, Fugro Multi Client Services, PGS, Spectrum ASA and WesternGeco for providing the seismic data under licence from Statoil UK Ltd and DONG Energy UK. To Halliburton for providing the seismic interpretation software through the Landmark Universities software grant program and Schlumberger for providing Petrel under licence to DONG Energy UK.

From Durham University, I am grateful to all the administrative staff for practical support throughout my PhD, including Katie Daniels, Andrea Bailey, Karen Atkinson, Janice Oakes, Paula Elliot and April Furnal. I would also like to thank members of the academic staff for advice and support, including João Trabucho-Alexandre, Jon Gluyas and Chris Greenwell. In addition, I would like to thank Dave Stevenson and Gary Wilkinson for data loading, software and hardware support. I would like to thank my fellow postgraduate students for providing a sense of community and camaraderie, there are too many of you to mention but I would especially like to thank Claire McLeod, Isobel Yeo, Harriet Ridley and Amy Clarke. I would also like to thank Mark Ireland, Steve Richardson, Katie Roberts, Amélie Leduc, Dom Maloney and David Moy for helping me get to grips with my research and the more technical elements of interpreting seismic reflection data. Many thanks to the Durham Volcanology Group for providing interesting discussions and introducing me to other aspects of volcanology. Going back in time, I want to thank my classmates and lecturers from the Geology Department at University of Leicester who helped me to believe in myself, made learning a fun experience and who provided me with a strong foundation in the subject I love. I am also grateful to Paul Starr and Paul Edmunds who taught ‘A’ level geology at Bishop Stopford School, Kettering. You set me on the path I am on now and I have never looked back.

On a more personal note I would like to thank Emily Boon, Karen Bianchi, Kathy Mather and Jo Variava for never letting me doubt myself and for reminding me there is a whole world outside of my PhD. I would especially like to thank Rhian Meara for toblerone martinis, peanut butter M&M’s and for always being there when I needed her. I would also like to thank Helen and Mike Hedley for their support and for always inviting me to take a break and go away with them to play in the snow. I am eternally gratefully to my family, my parents Helen and Michael, my siblings Tom and Fiona, my Grandmother, the American and Canadian contingents and those family members more recently rediscovered. Thank you for encouraging me, supporting me and making me realise that I should never let being dyslexic hold me back from what I want to do. This PhD is a testament to your faith in me, I hope I have made you proud. Finally I would like to thank my long suffering other half Ben Hedley. Words cannot express my gratitude for everything you have done. Thank you for accompanying me on this adventure, I look forward to our next one!!

Contributor: Kirstie Wright

Source: Wright, K (2013) Seismic Stratigraphy and Geomorphology of Palaeocene Volcanic Rocks, Faroe-Shetland Basin, PhD, Durham University

For my son, who because of who he is, made me who I am

This thesis would not exist without the parents and practitioners who agreed to share their stories with me – a heartfelt thanks to each of you for risking your story with me!

I also want to thank the many people who have accompanied me on different parts of the journey:

Judith Good and Susie Scott who have helped me to play by the rules – thank you for your patience and persistence and for keeping me on track;

Lou McGill, my critical friend;

Friends and colleagues at the University of Sussex, too numerous to mention by name, but the folk who have met for breakfast, or coffee, or cream tea;

The network of research students who inhabit Twitter and #phdchat, the folk who have so often picked me up and supported me when I’ve threatened to jump ship;

My colleagues at The Open University, some of whom commented on initial drafts and diagrams, and my managers who supported my application for financial support.

And most of all thanks to my husband, friend, confidant and proof reader – thank you Gordon for putting up with all the mood swings – and to my son, who because of who he is, got me involved in the special needs domain.

A PhD was never part of my life plan – they were for ‘clever’ people. A chance encounter and a foolish question started me on this journey. Thinking back, the journey didn’t start there, but much further back with other chance encounters and people who believed in me, in particular Colin Archer, my manager, mentor and friend for many years when I was a young social worker, but also other friends and colleagues who have share part of my life journey with me, the names of whom are now lost in the mists of time.

Contributor: Liz Thackray

Source: Thackray L (2013) The Meanings of the ’Struggle/Fight Metaphor’ in the Special Needs Domain: The experiences of practitioners and parents of children with high functioning autism spectrum conditions, PhD, University of Sussex