I feel that if I posted a status update to facebook that karma big give me a big ol bitch slap. So I feel in more pertinent to quietly gloat on tumblr.
Our launch for the ‘Moving to Civvie Street Project’ was on May 4th. It was 50% of our assessed mark for our term 2 module(class). The 3 of us working on the project were given a collective grade. We got an 80%.
Now to an American that may sound good but not that big whoop worthy. However, UK grading rubrics are different. Let me explain: and 80% in American would be a B. The University of Exeter website states that for the college of humanities (masters level that):High distinction (80% and above)
Work which has these characteristics:
• an outstanding depth and breadth of research, showing exceptional and thorough knowledge of the relevant field
• exceptional insight, critical analysis and originality, such as might make the work of comparable quality with published work in its field
• an excellent and well-defined focus, clear structure and outstanding quality of argument
• clearly presented and finely written, with no significant errors of syntax or expression
• referencing and bibliographical conventions accurately followed, to the professional standards of the discipline
If you are curious about the rest of the UK grading system please visit this handy dandy website:
Boom. Thats relative to an American A+ Right on the cusp but its the best grade I’ve got all year and I feel pretty proud of it. The other 50% will be my portfolio which I’m sure will pass but I really wouldn’t mind if it did well. Alright! Gloating over!
I would totally like to thank the powers of the universe for the absolutely wonderful weather that we have been having in Exeter this week. It has been that perfect mid 70’s sunny weather where all of the seems of summer mornings explode into the nostrils of every cheery towns person.
This week I am participating in a digital story telling workshop. A professor form UT (who I had a brief workshop with in december) has come back for a 3 day workshop taster. The participants of the workshop are Exeter students and young people who are either still in care or about to leave care (i.e. in child homes or foster system). We have been using several exercises and by the end of the day we have created a poem which will be the basis for our digital story. Initially we were given little slips of paper that say, “I come from a place.., I reside in a place…, I look forward to a place…” Each of the three groups wrote 3 responses to each of these statements and then each group took the lot of one of the “I look forward to..” Our group got the “I look forward to a place..” We went through all of the papers and chose 6 slips that we liked and strung them together in a poem with the added group consensus of “We look forward to a place…”
Each group will take still photos to communicate the text and then add music, sound, etc, onto our individual sections that will later be connected together for a final product. The professor from UT (Megan) brought 2 students with her. After the day was over I took the students around central down Exeter and we went and had dinner at litedelight (japanese restaurant) They went to see a show at the bike shed and now I am at home with a quite celebratory glass of white wine for my 80% and my progress on dissertation research and writing.
*contented sigh* Thank you universe for the good times in between the stress.