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 -…

“Working from Home”: A Skive?

Arghhh - the kind of story that drives me slightly mad! As someone who frequently works from home (often when I particularly need to focus on getting something done), this kind of story in many ways doesn't help those who think we're "taking it easy"... The more positive side of the story doesn't come til near the bottom (where most people probably won't read it). Yes, I like going into the office & having interaction,…