- Course: PhD Media and Communication
- PhD title: A virtual ethnography of the madosphere - exploring a disrupted relationship between users and providers of mental health services
- Year of graduation: 2016
- Nationality: British
- Job title: NHS Director
Why did you choose to study your PhD at the University of Leeds?
I chose to study at the University of Leeds because it has a fantastic reputation and the particular expertise I was looking for in terms of supervision was within the School of Media and Communications. I contacted Professor Stephen Coleman to discuss my ideas for a PhD and he was very responsive and supportive of my ambitions.
Tell us about the opportunities you took advantage of at Leeds.
I worked full time whilst studying for my PhD on a part time basis but nevertheless made the most of the opportunities available to me. I participated in research skills seminars and I attended evening lectures on a wide range of topics. I developed collaborations with a number of academics which have continued and resulted in successful funding bids and shared projects.
How has your experience of studying a PhD helped you in your career?
My PhD was pivotal in enabling me to set up mHabitat, a digital health innovation team which works locally, regionally and nationally within the NHS. My PhD also gave me the confidence to begin writing and I have recently co-authored a book on teens, digital and mental health which will be published in 2019.
What advice would you give to future PhD students?
I would advise students to choose a topic which they are fascinated by and passionate about. Doing a PhD is a bit of a marathon so it is important that your interest is sustained. Find a tutor who is interested in your subject and prepared to offer you regular direction and support. Make sure you maximise all the opportunities made available to you to grow and learn.