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

Top Ten: Benefits of Decriminalising (and Legalising) Drugs 

I have decided to put this together after researching and advocating for the decriminalisation of harmful substances over many years. This is often an emotive subject and the opposing argument will always exist, but here are my top ten justifications for decriminalising illegal drugs: Drug misuse would be become a health issue not a crime … Continue reading Top Ten: Benefits of Decriminalising (and Legalising) Drugs 

Top Ten: Reasons Why Our CJS is Failing

I found it so difficult narrowing it down to 10 - this could have easily have been a top 100. I support radical change in all these areas, and unless something is done, things are unlikely to change. The criminal justice system is being used as a social services system - we need to stop … Continue reading Top Ten: Reasons Why Our CJS is Failing

Top Ten: Tips to survive a conference

Welcome to the first of my top tens! For those of you who don't have the time to read my full blog posts I am putting together shorter top tens that summarise the points I make in the blog. If you are an academic who gets anxious at conferences or you simply want to avoid … Continue reading Top Ten: Tips to survive a conference