PhD awarded

Today I received an email saying my PhD has been awarded, and my thesis has been published. I am officially Dr Phil Jones!

Doncaster Festival of Research

Doncaster Festival of Research 2017 On Friday 20 October I was delighted to present a poster at the Doncaster Festival of Research 2017 Fringe Event in Denaby and Cadeby Miner’s Welfare in Denaby Main. With my poster I tried to summarise my doctoral research, which is challenging because it’s probably most relevant for a policy and practitioner audience. I hope it was useful for the people who came to talk to me about it.

Sheffield Madina Masjid

A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of visiting the Madina Masjid in Sheffield, taking a group of undergraduate students as part of the social science Achieve More week. I’d never been inside a mosque before despite visiting a couple, so was genuinely excited to be shown around. Our tour guide, Zahid, showed the group the facilities, starting with the wash rooms where he showed us how Muslims performs their ablutions before prayer.

Sheffield VPN in Ubuntu

Update 2016 – Ubuntu 16.04 Xenial With Ubuntu Xenial the VPNC GUI no longer seems to work but I’ve managed to piece together the following instructions, based on Using vpnc as a Command Line VPN Client: Install vpnc with sudo apt install vpnc There’s a default VPN connection template in /etc/vpnc/default.conf Make a copy of this template with sudo cp /etc/vpnc/default.conf /etc/vpnc/shef.conf Edit this file with sudo gedit /etc/vpnc/shef.

Update to Townsend deprivation score script

I’ve updated and released a new version of the Townsend material deprivation score script. Changes in v2.0 The script now uses the Nomis web API to obtain census data through a http:// connection, meaning they can be downloaded, unzipped and loaded from within an interactive session. Shapefiles of England and Wales are now downloaded from the UK data service boundary data archive’s easy downloader, again meaning shapefiles can be downloaded from within an interactive session rather than having to be downloaded and unpacked separately.