I feel more confident about my position at the university, I have just finished a phone conversation with my main funding body. They were very supportive and although at this stage they do not want to get involved, they did give me some guidelines on what I should be receiving from the university, in terms of equipment, supervision and technical support. It also appears that if everything does go pear-shaped I can transfer all my funding, including my industrial sponsorship to another PhD with another university, and start again so tot speak. It always helps to know your escape route, before you go into battle... so I'm up for it... let the battle begin!!!
Ahem! Once Ican walk straight again with this back... then I'll start the battle. :-)