Author Archives: Ellie Mackin

About Ellie Mackin

Ellie is a Teaching Fellow in Ancient History at the University of Leicester. Her current research focuses on ‘embeddedness’ in early Greek religion. Ellie completed her BA(Hons) and MA at Monash University, in Australia, before moving to the UK for her PhD at King's College London (2015). She tweets @elliemackin.

An Update (or, I’ve been away because…)

I’ve been meaning to write an update for this blog for about two months, but I’m worried. Just over a year ago, I started writing for the Post-PhD blog because I looked around for someone writing about the position I … Read More »

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Self-reflexivity as good academic practice

I am coming to the end of what may be my last term teaching. While I hope it isn’t the end of my higher-education teaching career, I want to take this opportunity to be self-reflexive, and to encourage all of … Read More »

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Quiet Rebellion

Increasingly I am finding it more and more difficult to stay quiet about my complicated and sometimes unhealthy relationship with academia. This started as a conscious quiet rebellion against the idea that young women in academia need to completely divorce … Read More »

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Preparing for Academic Job Interviews

I’ve been busy over the last few weeks (independent of the artificial busyness that has arisen from reading every-single-article about #Brexit I could find, as I’m sure most of the nation has been doing since last Friday’s result). I’ve been … Read More »

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Falling at the Last Hurdle (Dealing with Post-Interview Rejection)

I recently had an interview for a job I really wanted, but didn’t get. It was a job that would have given me two years of time to dig into my new project, develop some cool public engagement programmes, make … Read More »

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Job apps? Here’s some help.

Last Sunday, a friend and I got together to work on our job applications together. It was really encouraging and helpful to have another person there to bounce ideas off, to chat with, to break up the day, and for … Read More »

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(Academic) Jobseeker, know thyself

I want to pick up from Anna’s last post (hence the homage in my title!), and talk ‘knowing yourself’ as an academic job hunter. Academics are good at self-criticism (I won’t touch on the point that helpful critique can easily … Read More »

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Welcome to Job Season!

It appears that the start of the job season is finally here in my (sub-)discipline. I spent some time this week creating an excel spreadsheet to track my job applications this year, which I didn’t do last year. My general … Read More »

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Is ‘ECR’ fit for purpose in the Humanities?

Right now I’m writing reflexively about teaching. I enjoy teaching and I think I’m good at it. I miss being in the classroom. The point of my writing is an application for Fellowship with the Higher Education Academy, which is … Read More »

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Confession: I Didn’t Prepare For my Viva!

[This post was prompted by the appearance of ‘How To Prepare for Your Viva’ posts popping up on Twitter, having friends who are in post-submission-pre-viva-limbo, and a post on this blog (Emily’s ‘Post Viva: 12 months on’). My viva was … Read More »

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