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The Book of Na'Lon

or rather, Inane Ramblings of an Expatriot

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An unfinished PhD
I had some sad news today about a colleague at my previous place of work -- CD, a lecturer in Education and a PhD student on a not-taught-honest PhD programme, died suddenly last Thursday. I don't know what happened, whether it was an accident or illness.

CD was someone I really liked and admired. She was also a member of my then-union (I had to change Union since then) and we both striked last February to raise awareness about some proposed changes to teaching contracts in HE that were worrying the Higher Education world last year.

I had many interesting conversations with CD about teaching and about our respective PhDs and we were vaguely toying with doing some research together one day.

Even though I was already not really in touch with CD anymore, because of moving several hundred miles away, I'll miss her.

And part of me is feeling very sad at the thought that her PhD is never going to be finished now. I am sure it would have been an interesting piece of research.


UPDATE: Ceejay just called me to make sure that I'd get what details there are to know about CD's death. It turns out to be even sadder than I imagined. CD committed suicide. She'd been having an appallingly bad year with her husband of 25 years suddenly walking out on her last summer after they'd been on holiday. The finally straw seems to have come when she submitted her PhD and it was torn to shreds. Poor CD. Of course, nobody really wants to talk about what actually happened and it's all a bit hush-hush, with people feeling sad and guilty and wandering if they could have done anything. I doubt they could. But I do hope that CD is in a better place now.

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Oh my God. That's terrible. :(

This is devastating news.

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