The first major milestone was reached in January in my PhD programme. At the end of the first year of full-time studies, or second year of part-time studies (the latter is me), we go through a process that formally confirms us as PhD students. I wrote about this on our university blog.
This is a good time to tell you that the name of our research unit has changed. While we were the Beyond Distance Research Alliance, and we are now the Institute of Learning Innovation. Prior to this change, we were moved from Labour Market Studies to the School of Education.