We need to work with, instead of against, the police 

It still really suprises me that in UK universities today much of the teaching around issues of UK policing focus so much attention on failure. Courses, modules and lectures regurgitating how corrupt, sexist, racist and ineffective our UK police forces are a prominent feature of many social science degrees. I am in no way arguing … Continue reading We need to work with, instead of against, the police 

Thoughts on HMP Berwyn 

I am very much opposed to the building of new "super-prisons" as followers of this blog will know. I don't believe that everyone who is sentenced needs to be incarcerated and I cannot stand to see people with social and individual problems being exploited for the purposes of capitalism. The privatisation of prisons in the … Continue reading Thoughts on HMP Berwyn 

Depression in academia and suggestions for change

I thought long and hard about writing this post, a post very personal to me and difficult to write, so I hope readers can appreciate why I have done it. Allowing me to reflect on my own journey has helped me list some suggestions for change - together we can reduce academic depression. Depression. A … Continue reading Depression in academia and suggestions for change

Let’s all just switch off this Christmas

It's approaching the Christmas break and my head is frazzled. At home I am frantically trying to tick off christmas present lists, create food shopping lists, write a ridiculous number of christmas cards, take the little one to see Santa (and every winter wonderland experience around), put up Christmas decorations and keep on top of the … Continue reading Let’s all just switch off this Christmas

Does Age Matter?

When I wrote one of my first blogs on does gender matter I intended it to be a reflexive piece on my own journey through academia so far. I was overwhelmed by the support I received from fellow academics from a huge array of disciplines, clearly highlighting that gender does indeed matter. It got me thinking … Continue reading Does Age Matter?

Students are what make academic life great!

I've realised that my last 8 blog posts have probably been quite depressing; accusing Criminology of lacking any soul and being too egotistical; damning the gender discrimination; challenging the purpose of the REF and so on. It got me thinking why the hell am I still in academia, is it all that bad? So I … Continue reading Students are what make academic life great!

Why the REF is bad for academia

This post has been inspired by a dear colleague of mine, who I respect immensely. She recently lost out on a lectureship (she needed to move due to personal reasons) based purely on her lack of 'referable' publications, not her lack of potential, or lack of publication plans. I could really empathise with her because … Continue reading Why the REF is bad for academia