Academia: Does it have to be 24/7?

One of the reasons that I declared that I wasn't going to work in academia when I left the University of Manchester was the expectation that you chuck every hour that you're alive at "work". It's one of the dangers of working with material that you love, and it can be different to find boundaries. In moving to Durham, there was a particular choice to work 4 days a week to get more balance -…

APP IN USE: Splashpath

Been using this 'Splashpath' app for a while - I mix swimming in with other classes (just can't find the gym interesting any more - was OK when used to go with a friend and just talk as exercise!). I like the fact that I can choose a 'challenge' and swim that - I did a short one first, then going for a slightly longer one - just makes the lengths a little more interesting!…

Effective Advertising: Naked Policeman?

See what Lancashire Police have to say: “What do I have to do to get you to notice me?” That’s the question that Lancashire Constabulary are continuing to ask motorists on behalf of bikers with the launch of two new billboards. The new large posters appear on billboards in the Tulketh Brow area of Preston and near Asda on Ovangle Road in Lancaster, available to view until 28 July. They feature a roads policing officer…

Gets my travel juices going…

... but the bigger question is can academia be done differently? For many early career academics, feeling run-down, overworked, underpaid and pressured to perform is all part of the job – something to be tolerated in the hope that a fruitful and rewarding university career awaits. But two disillusioned young scholars recently decided instead to abandon their fledgling academic careers to pursue the true meaning of higher education by embarking on a round-the-world trip, visiting…
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