Taking stock

Taking Stock As part of #AcWriBloMo, an academic writing blogging month where the aim is to write a blog post a week and to keep it up, I’ve been challenged to write a post about ‘taking stock’.    Milestones This week I finished the first full draft of my PhD thesis. I use the term ‘finished’ loosely,…

Paradigms of conference questioners

The question and answer part of delivering a conference paper is often the most nerve-wracking aspect for presenters. It can be a chance for interesting and thoughtful discussion that frequently highlights new or different perspectives within our work. But all-too-often it becomes a showcase for various paradigms of conference questioners.   We firstly have the…

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…