Summer Fruitfulness in Academia?

Great piece on the joys of academic pressure: It’s not true, of course, that September is entirely grim. Being back at work means colliding with cheery colleagues in the corridor, each of us ruefully clutching course-packs and exchanging sympathetic smiles; it also means spotting suntanned students with newly stylish “second-year…

Value in a PhD?

An interesting piece on the 'value' and employability of a PhD Who would do a PhD? Who would willingly submit to spending endless hours, over three or four years, in the laboratory or library, racked by self-doubt and money worries, in preparation for a career for which vacancies were never…

Mind Change: How Digital Technologies Are Leaving Their Mark on Our Brains, by Susan Greenfield

A review by Tara Brabazon: Susan Greenfield is a neuroscientist with a high media profile, and this, her latest book, is aimed at the “general” (Daily Mail) reader. The accompanying publicity material refers to Greenfield as a “professional neuroscientist”. This adjective must be reassuring. An “amateur neuroscientist” would be a…

Group Work: Not Pulling Your Weight?

I'm really interested in group dynamics (see mini project undertaken as part of PGCLTHE), so an interesting case study here: “Academically ambitious students contribute to moving the average up – unenthusiastic students and shirkers do just the opposite,” he added. Indeed, some hard-working students may even defect to “the dark…