I am very grateful to them for sharing their expertise with a lowly undergraduate

There may be only two names on the title page, but this project exists because of the help and hard work of many people. I would like to thank Dr. Alda for being constantly supportive, helpful, and kind, whether we were meeting face-to-face or corresponding via email across the Atlantic. As well, this project would have gone nowhere without the patient guidance of Claire Slaney, Joanne Petite, and Ryan Blagdon. Dr. Barbara Pavlova was an invaluable extra set of eyes when I needed the feedback most, and Jeff Cullis was always there to save the day by finding data at a moment’s notice. The entire team at the Mood Disorders Clinic was a pleasure to work with, and I am very grateful to them for sharing their expertise with a lowly undergraduate. Finally, I would like to acknowledge the support of my family, friends, and every person who found themselves making small talk with me this year and listened with genuine (or feigned) interest when I described what I was working on. Thank you.

Contributor: Jacqueline Vincent

Source: Vincent J (2012) Cognitive dysfunction in bipolar disorder with and without comorbid diabetes mellitus, BSc, Dalhousie University


If love makes you think, then this thesis is entirely a group effort

This research was made possible by funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (award number R00429634018). I also gratefully acknowledge financial assistance from the University of London Central Research Fund for fieldwork expenses. My sponsors may not, of course, be best pleased to hear that what I most appreciated about the wonderful gift of full-time education free from material need was the opportunity it offered for me to daydream, to bake my own bread, to conduct a community campaign and to spend hours writing my ‘relationship diaries’. What I gained from these diversions, however, I try to recognise in this thesis: the realisation that learning does not happen as, when and where we might expect it to.

I would like to thank: Dr. Debbie Epstein for supervision during David Buckingham’s absence, and Dr. Sally Munt and Dr. Chris Richards (who both survived reading the whole thing) for their helpful and constructive comments. All the teachers who assisted my ideas at training days and workshops throughout the process, and particularly Jenny Grahame at the English and Media Centre. Participants at the Institute of Education Cultural Studies Research Group: Chris Richards, Angela Devas, Lyn Thomas, Julian Sefton-Green, Pete Fraser, Muriel Robinson, Hyeon-Seon Jeong, Chris Fanthome, Liesbeth de Block, Keith Perera, Elizabeth Funge, Rebekah Willett, Paul Ward, Jon Swain, Sue Cranmer and Shereen Benjamin.  My colleagues in Brighton Urban Design and Development played an indirect but significant role by helping me learn how to turn my ‘feelings’ about a place into political action. (Or perhaps I should thank instead the Sainsbury’s consortium and its allies in Brighton and Hove Council, for reminding me how it feels to be belittled and dismissed when you want to talk about something that matters to you…).

I am indebted to ‘Geoff’ and ‘Kate’ – most obviously for their tolerance of my repeated presence in their classrooms and persistent questioning, but more generally for their demonstration in action of the meaning of dedicated and all too frequently unsung pedagogical work.  I would like to thank all students at all stages of my work, and to mention especially Guy Barton, Matt King, Gareth Ransome, Charlie Whitaker and the others from Sussex who got me started.

Special thanks go to Professor David Buckingham – perhaps just for having faith when I didn’t, but also for doing all the things an excellent supervisor should do.  These included: making it safe to show him work by treating drafts as drafts and ‘reflecting back’ the worthwhile elements scattered within them; directing me towards just the reading that I needed to develop my thoughts; establishing structures I could cling to when I felt swamped; consistently failing to be stern, hypercritical and authoritarian when I expected it of him; and, ultimately, letting me take my own path, tortured and tortuous as it may have seemed to him.  All of which means that – as in any successful pedagogical relationship – I have learnt more from him than I can possibly put into words.

Writing up felt like being lost in a long dark tunnel. I’d be there still if it weren’t for: Rowena Herdman-Smith, Deirdre Leask, Sally Munt, Elizabeth Draper, Sophie Powell, Rachel Cottam, Karen Adler, Margaretta Jolly, Ken Pringle, John Devine, Tom Shakespeare, amongst others. If love makes you think, then this thesis is entirely a group effort.

This is especially for Melita, who knows that it is not only Dracula who is invited to appear in girls’ bedrooms at night. For Kerry, for his tales from the outside world; Tina, for the knife; for Ben, who struggles over power with me despite himself.  And finally, for Clare who is everywhere here, although only she will ever know quite how much.

Contributor: Sara Bragg

Source: Bragg, S (2000) Media Violence and Education: A Study of Youth Audiences and the Horror Genre, PhD, Institute of Education, London

I acknowledge the contribution that Crystal Palace FC and Diet Coke have made to my enjoyment of the last three years

“Certain authors speaking of their works say ‘my book,’ ‘my commentary,’ ‘my history’ etc. They resemble middle class people who have a house of their own, and always have ‘my house’ on their tongue. They would do better to say, ‘our book,’ ‘our commentary,’ ‘our history,’ etc., because there is in them usually more of other people’s than their own.” Pascal

I am grateful to all the ‘other people’ who have given me help and encouragement with everything that was involved in doing this research. The experience of being supervised by Professor Glynis Breakwell has been immensely valuable and I remain grateful for her expertise and encouragement.

Many other people in the Psychology Department at the University of Surrey have formed the backdrop against which this work was done. Particular thanks to Hannah and Moira  for all their help with data collection.  I have also enjoyed the friendship, good humour and good conversation of my fellow PhD students in the Psychology Department – especially Hannah, Patrick, Gerda, Lada, Judit, Viv, Mick and Moira.

As ever, my family have been there for me in different ways. I am very grateful for the support of my parents, Jonny, Tim, Jo, Rach and Uncle Phil and for John’s encouragement to return to studying. The practical and emotional support of friends has also been invaluable. Mandi, Joan, Trudy, Ann, Hilary, Nicky and Linda – thank you! My children have been such a big part of this process. Daniel, Beaky and Sam, I love you: thank you for helping me to keep my work in perspective.

Lastly, I acknowledge the contribution that Crystal Palace FC and Diet Coke have made to my enjoyment of the last three years.

Contributor: @Julieatselhurst

Source: PhD, 1998, University of Surrey

…to the company with whom ‘we meet at the bridge at the usual time’


At the end of these intense years I want to acknowledge many people. First of all, my two supervisors Massimo Maresca and Pierpaolo Baglietto who taught me a lot and helped me to improve thanks to their advice. I would also like to thank my colleague Martino Fornasa with whom it is always interesting to talk and learn new curiosities about every field of knowledge. A big thanks goes to my friends Marc, Luca, Alvaro, Carlos and Sancho, whom I met in the context of the OPUCE project which represents to me an important experience both from a professional and from a human point-of-view.

A loving thought is addressed to my parents Loredana and Mario for their continuous support and to my brother Stefano and his wife Daniela, who made me an uncle of wonderful Rebecca, during my doctoral studies. I also thank don Silvano, don Pasquale, don Emanuele, and don Bernardo of San Teodoro Parish for hosting me during my Genoese transfers, giving me not only accommodation, but also their joyful company.

In these years, I have also had the chance to deepen some friendships, to build new ones and to meet people I had last seen ten years ago. A huge thanks goes therefore to the Resana youth animation team within which there are some very important people to me, to the company with whom ‘we meet at the bridge at the usual time’, to the ‘VIP’ company, to my university friends who have always been present, to my train group and all of those who have at least once been asked ‘shall we go to the karaoke?’ (and with the latter bunch, I’m sure I won’t forget anyone).


Alla fine di questi intensi anni sento di dover ringraziare molte persone. Comincio con i miei due relatori Massimo Maresca e Pierpaolo Baglietto i quali mi hanno insegnato molto e mi hanno aiutato a migliorare grazie ai loro consigli. Ringrazio anche il collega Martino Fornasa con il quale è sempre interessante discutere per imparare nuove curiosità in tutti gli ambiti del sapere. Un grande grazie va agli amici Marc, Luca, Alvaro, Carlos e Sancho conosciuti nell’ambito di quel progetto OPUCE che ha rappresentato per me una grande esperienza sia dal punto di vista lavorativo che dal punto di vista umano.

Un affettuoso pensiero va ai miei genitori Loredana e Mario per il loro continuo supporto e a mio fratello Stefano e a sua moglie Daniela che mi hanno fatto diventate zio della splendida Rebecca proprio durante il periodo del dottorato. Ringrazio don Silvano, don Pasquale, don Emanuele e don Bernardo della parrocchia di San Teodoro che mi hanno ospitato durante le mie trasferte genovesi offrendomi un alloggio e la loro allegra compagnia.

In questi anni ho inoltre avuto modo di approfondire alcune amicizie, scoprirne di nuove e di ritrovarne pure di vecchie di dieci anni… Un grande “grazie” va quindi al gruppo degli animatori di Resana all’interno del quale ci sono delle persone veramente importanti per me, alla compagnia del “ci troviamo al ponte alla solita ora”, alla compagnia dei “VIP”, agli amici dell’università che sono sempre presenti, al gruppo del treno e tutti gli altri amici che almeno una volta si sono sentiti chiedere “andiamo al karaoke?” (con quest’ultima categoria sono sicuro di non dimenticare nessuno).

Contributor: @steccami

Source: Convergent composition of telecom and internet services in telco/IT mashups, PhD, University of Genoa