Category Archives: Academic Life

Falling Towards Apotheosis

I’ve recently become involved, as an RA, in two College Improvement Projects at the University, and they’ve given me something of an insight into the structures and projects that make academia work, and how valuable they really are. As a … Read More »

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The Devil in the Dark

Warning: this post is something of a confessional. I am aware that I am not the only person out there in this situation: this post is dedicated to them, and all those who have been there, PhD or not. There … Read More »

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The Arsenal of Freedom

On Wednesday, I was honoured to attend the graduation of one of my best friends. You’ve met her before, in Ties of Blood and Water: Gudrun, the Viking. It was peculiar to see a graduation from the other side. This … Read More »

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Red Shift

Red shift denotes the increase in wavelength of the electromatic radiation coming from any object. In cosmology, visible red shift is a marker of the movement of galaxies away from our point of observation, and thus implies the expansion of … Read More »

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It’s Only a Paper Moon

Imposter syndrome seems to be the child of the moment: it appears that many of us in academia – or para-academia in particular - believe themselves to be on tender ground, as though they will imminently be unmasked as the frauds they consider … Read More »

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Is There in Truth No Beauty?

I wonder what it is like to be fully enamoured with something that you do? I can make and create things that I am relatively satisfied with, but I am always saddened that those things never quite turn out how … Read More »

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And Chaos Died

Diaries are really, really important. This has been brought quite forcibly to my attention in the last few weeks. Whilst I was working in an office with other people, I always managed to keep a track on all the things … Read More »

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