New Job: Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing @ManMetUni #thisgirlcan

Just a short update. On Monday I was interviewed for the permanent role of Senior Lecturer in Digital Marketing at Manchester Metropolitan University, based at the Business School (lovely new building). I used this presentation, focusing upon #thisgirlcan as the case study for ‘best digital marketing campaign in the world’ as taught to final year Continue Reading →

Is an academic research career possible?

Hmmm, having left Manchester saying I was never going to work in a University again, never move so far north again … and after time with LICC, that I was clearly destined for secular work… There is a “significant credibility gap” between researchers’ expectations and the likelihood of their forging long-term careers in higher education, Continue Reading →

#ECRChat – Fortnightly Twitter PostDoc Discussion

Nice idea: “Going from the strong PhD community to the early career researcher stage can give you a feeling of isolation, uncertainty and a lack of security, especially when you are moving around on short-term contracts,” she said. Mirroring the popular #PhDchat Twitter channel, #ECRchat allows researchers to discuss issues such as the best time to start Continue Reading →

Can (women) have it all?

Interesting article re: whether women (or anyone) can have it all in a culture which is “always on”: Last month, a predictable storm erupted in response to Anne-Marie Slaughter’s confessional in Atlanticmagazine. “Women Still Can’t Have It All,” she declared, explaining why she had given up her dream job in the State Department to spend more Continue Reading →

Academic Career or Plan B?

Story in Times Higher Education this week has attracted MANY comments already… it starts: Universities benefit from the large pool of cheap labour provided by PhD students and postdocs, but there aren’t enough academic jobs to go around, so young scholars should prepare for the possibility of a future outside the academy, one postdoc advises Not everyone Continue Reading →

Academics: Needing to be Careless?

In an article largely focused on the difficulties of couples involved in academic work, and the need to live miles (sometimes continents) apart … which indicates that to truly be an ‘exceptional academic’ there may be a need to be without dependents: In 2010, Kathleen Lynch, professor of equality studies at University College Dublin, wrote Continue Reading →