After failing to secure full funding for the 2019/2020 academic year I am going to focus on next years applications. I am going to secure supervisors at three universities but only apply for the MS Society with LJMU. For the PRF I’ll try and apply with Manchester assuming I can secure a supervisor there and then try and apply for the universities studentships as well. I’ve only applied for LJMU this year because of crossed wires regarding other funding, so it’s a bit of a false start but I am positive I’ll get to researching in the future, just not the near future.
My application for my teaching qualification is done and ready for submission next week, so I’ll be trying to get qualified as a psychology teacher during the 2019/2020 academic year. It’ll give me great experience, a way to earn money and a chance to add different skills. If I do a PhD in the future then I plan of working part time as a teacher during that (as a supply teacher most likely). It’ll also give me what I need to apply for Educational and Child Psychology at Manchester, that would be something I’d do for the 2021/2022 academic year, assuming I don’t get PhD funding for research.
Finally, I’m still doing volunteering work for the MS Society and with my position as a trainee teacher I’ll be able to deliver more presentations (probably during assemblies) for the MS Trust as well. I want to ask the MS Society about them putting me through counselling training too, but I won’t ask about that until I’ve worked as a Support Volunteer for about a year. It could be a way to get the CBT training I’ve always wanted, but we shall see. Either way it would be to benefit people with MS.