Category Archives: academic life

stress and the writing body

There are suggestions that academic life is pretty stressful compared with other professional occupations (see The Guardian HE Network on this). And it is a truism to suggest that the process of doctoral and post doctoral education is stressful. It … Continue reading

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writing like those I admire

That half conscious state between sleeping and waking seems to be the time that I begin to compose a blog post. I often wake up relatively early with a half formed idea. I then work on it idly, gradually waking … Continue reading

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who enjoys academic work? (sshh, I do)

I found myself this week wondering if it is acceptable to come clean about what’s good about being in higher education. And just as I was thinking this three other things happened. The first was that I hung around #ecrchat, … Continue reading

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the christmas list

I like a good list. I like the order of it, the sense of things to get done and cross off. I woke up early this morning knowing that I had to make a list because it’s nearly Christmas, the … Continue reading

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how to be a scholar

As a much younger woman I considered the possibility of an academic career, but in the end I didn’t do it. One of the major reasons was that, at the time and where I was, a lot of academic life … Continue reading

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