Being a grad student is hard work, being a post-doc is hard work, being a professor is hard work. IRead more
“Dear Applicant” or “Dear Author” is at any stage of your career a terrifying thing to see in your email account. Just those words instil near paralysing fear that could only be worse if the opening lines also included a clown face and a balloon.Read more
Time are tough. We’re not quite at a ‘Mad Max apocalyptic scenario’ tough, but things are tough. Countries around the worldRead more
The workloads in Academia are bad.
This is not news, this is a long complained about state of academia. In fact, it’s so much not news that it’s got to the point where if I say something so cliched on Twitter, people tell me to stop going on about it – particularly other academics, who I suspect are just annoyed to be reminded of it all the time.
Becoming an academic is obviously the pinnacle achievement anyone can attain. It’s the job that all kids dream of andRead more
The title of this post might sound harsh, but it’s exactly how I felt the first time I was at a scientific conference. I hadn’t prepared very well for attending this conference, because I was focused on presenting at this conference.Read more
Despite my prolific blog output, I managed to find time earlier this year to write a paper. It was aRead more
When I started at Cranfield Univeristy I had a brilliant idea. I wanted to look at my nice glass slidesRead more
A check list of things that every academic will be doing as they start the new yearRead more
So this week an unnamed university has put up several ‘aspirational’ posters around it’s campus. These include the phrases such as “Confident & Ambitious” and “Agile & Responsive”, great aspirational buzzwords devoid of any actual meaning. So I figured what we need was some more realistic academic posters that better match reality.Read more