Top Ten ridiculous things said by senior management in universities

I have compiled some of the most ludicrous conversations that have taken place in universities of late. How many of these have you heard from senior management? Obviously there's lots more so please share your stories too. 1. We are delighted that you've been awarded a 3 year £750,000 research grant. That will look great … Continue reading Top Ten ridiculous things said by senior management in universities

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Top Ten: What makes a great Criminology course?

Teaching Criminology can be fun, exciting and engaging, but at the same time we can find it challenging, tiring and sometimes demoralising. Even if you take away institutional constraints and bureaucratic tape, the discipline itself poses great difficulties for lecturers today. There are so many Criminology courses across the UK now and some are definitely … Continue reading Top Ten: What makes a great Criminology course?

Top Ten: Signs that a new academic year has begun

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 a post in between student inductions, endless emails, and bureaucratic nonsense. I have some quite challenging blog posts line dup for the coming months, so I thought I would offer a more … Continue reading Top Ten: Signs that a new academic year has begun

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

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