Enough

Doing enough fast enough There’s a lot of talk within academia about how the PhD alone is not enough. No. As well as completing an original and rigorous thesis, we are also supposed to gain experience in teaching, administration, and event coordination, have a track record of publications and conference presentations, and have mastered professional…

The Active Academic

The PhD experience often seems to lead to a combination of restlessness and guilt. We are consistently striving to carry out the best research we possibly can, whilst juggling conferences, the need to publish, admin, career progression, and (for the lucky few that have it) teaching. Faced with overarching and often overwhelming to do lists,…

Being ‘Out There’

A large part of working as an academic or researcher is about getting and being Out There. We strive to get published from the very first years of post-graduate work. We attend conferences, submit abstracts, prepare papers, and nervously give presentations. We are consistently reminded that publication is a requirement, and necessity for making it…

The PhD ‘Vacation’

Sometimes being a PhD student in world of workers and ‘shirkers’ can be tough at the best of times. With or without funding, an extortionate amount of money is paid for you to ‘attend university’ where you juggle the many demands of conferences, networking, research, writing your thesis, side projects, paperwork, organization, and teaching undergraduates.…

Conference Terror

Working in academia we’re often told that conferences are one of the most enjoyable and essential parts of research life: not only do they provide vital networking opportunities, presenting experience, and the chance to engage in a dialogue about one’s work, conferences also establish a sense of community in the world of research. However, as…