This blog provides thoughts and experiences of an academic in her first permanent role as a Lecturer in a UK university. We also include tips and advice for academic writing, teaching & learning, professional development and of course careers and job advice.
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I’m one of life’s planners, the kind that make lists for everything. I’ve even been known to create a spreadsheet for my shopping lists. Why do I this? Mainly because I’m impatient, I hate to waste time and like to … Read More
Last night I had a meeting which I’ve been waiting for for some time: and it turned out to be a great experience for all the participants, I think. Lots of connections were made, and potential connections for other students … Read More
I’ve often figured that, given my education, I should be able to sort things out on my own. That I should know – just, instinctively, know – how to do funding applications and CVs, and all the other things one … Read More
How does one do this, this work, research, write, lark? It is hard: and I am aware that I say this from a distinct position of privilege. I’ve just, very late in the day, submitted a presentation for a symposium. … Read More
It’s surreal, and disconcerting, to experience a familiar event from a different perspective. When I’ve attended conferences, even if I’ve been helping out administratively, I’ve always been involved – always gone to the presentations, always been able to attend receptions, … Read More
Sometimes, you need a good old-fashioned kick up the backside. I’ve been rather down again about my work situation recently – hello, sense of failure, I’ve missed you these past few months. But this time, instead of wallowing in a … Read More