End of term at last!

I know that all academics and teachers are feeling relief at seeing the Christmas break approaching!  It’s not that we don’t enjoy our jobs and can’t wait for a break, it’s simply that term time can feel relentless sometimes and we long for  the chance to do some work on our research.

Now seems to be a good time to look back and think about what we’ve acheived over the term, and maybe update our CVs accordingly . You don’t have to be actively looking for work to improve on your CV.

One exciting development for me is getting the BA in American History at my institution off the ground, and according to our admissions team, applications are already coming in!

Another bonus is that I am organising a HEA funded workshop for North American History teachers next year in Manchester to try to bring our community here in the UK closer together. More details on that to follow in 2012!

Apart from that, I have been making progress with my research, developing new courses and generally keeping very busy! So in order to maintain that work-life balance I am going to take some time off – proper leave- over the Christmas break. It’s important not to get too exhausted so give yourself a breather over the holiday season. There’s always more to be done, but I am sure it can wait for the sake of your health and your friends’ and family’s happiness! Have a lovely Christmas!


About Catherine Armstrong

Dr Catherine Armstrong is a Senior Lecturer in History at Manchester Metropolitan University, specialising in North American History. She is a former teaching fellow in History at the University of Warwick and Oxford Brookes University. Catherine was also Director of Historical Studies in the Open Studies department at the University of Warwick. Her first book ‘Writing North America in the Seventeenth Century’ was published by Ashgate in June 2007. As a long-time jobseeker for an academic role herself, Catherine is in a unique position to understand and offer her knowledge and experience to those developing an academic career.

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