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

Top Ten: Barriers I Have Faced In Academia

I have faced numerous barriers that prevented my academic progression in my formative years, and many will strike a chord will those reading this. Some of these barriers have resulted from my own life choices, others are a consequence of academic structures. It's interesting to think back over my journey and reflect on the main barriers … Continue reading Top Ten: Barriers I Have Faced In Academia

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

Eurocrim 2016 Reflections

On my way back from the lovely Münster and thought I would share my experience of the European Society of Criminology conference. I had hoped to blog more during the conference but having overindulged slightly on the networking events, ( well the wine and ice cream receptions), time just seemed to get away from me. … Continue reading Eurocrim 2016 Reflections