A response to the accusations and returning to academic freedom

This week I published a new post, it was nothing more than a thought piece about how we refer to people in our research. This post received largely positive feedback (thank you to those for your messages of support) but it also received some extremely harsh accusations, which I would like to respond to. I … Continue reading A response to the accusations and returning to academic freedom

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A Letter To All Vice Chancellors

Dear University Vice Chancellors, Deputy Vice Chancellors and Senior Management I am an academic, someone who has spent their whole life dedicated to their discipline, someone who has worked hard to provide excellence in teaching, excellence in research and to inspire people and challenge the taken for granted. I love what I do. Universities have … Continue reading A Letter To All Vice Chancellors

Rethinking Criminological Research

It's been a few weeks since my last post, but I'm pleased to say that I finally have found some time to write. Recently a fellow Criminology lecturer came up to me and asked "so what are you researching right now", now whilst that probably seems like an obvious question to ask another academic, it … Continue reading Rethinking Criminological Research

Thinking of doing a Criminology  PhD? Here’s Some Advice

I was recently asked what advice I would give to someone who was considering embarking on a PhD in Criminology and it really got me thinking about what I would have told myself 12 years ago. This was actually a difficult challenge because the first response to pop into my head was "don't do it!", … Continue reading Thinking of doing a Criminology  PhD? Here’s Some Advice

A Year As An Anonymous Criminologist 

It's been 1 year since I set up Blogging Criminologist and wrote my first post and what a year it has been. I've decided to write this annual review post to consider why blogging in this way has been so beneficial and what I hope to achieve in the coming year. I have already reflected … Continue reading A Year As An Anonymous Criminologist 

What I’ve learnt this academic year 

As I near the end of another academic year I have been doing some reflecting on the highs and lows and things I've learnt. So here's my top ten reflections:  1. Gender DOES matter. I have encountered blatant discrimination on the basis on my gender. It turns out that some men just feel too threatened … Continue reading What I’ve learnt this academic year 

Top Ten: Dilemmas with REF

Here's a summary of one of my previous blog posts on why often the REF is bad for Academia It puts too much focus on applied research, meaning conceptual and theoretical work gets devalued. It puts barriers in the way for early career researchers trying to gain permanent employment. Academics are just expected to write … Continue reading Top Ten: Dilemmas with REF