So today I submitted my proposal for a Research PhD at the University of Technology Sydney (UTS). I've been liasing with my potential tutor over the past few months to flesh out my ideas, and it's now in a form I can send off.
Having been out of academia for over 10 years, it's with both excitement and fear I take the plunge: I'm very aware I'm out of touch with how to write and research academic papers, so that's going to be quite the learning curve. Also, being a mature-age student and juggling study, work and family life will no doubt throw an interesting perspective on things!
However, I'm really committed to furthering myself in this way, and have no doubt I will come out (all those years down the track) all the better for it.
Now to wait...
Update: you can read a copy of the proposal here.