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

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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

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 

A Lighthearted Reflection on Achieving a Doctorate – By The Active Author

Six and a half years ago I sat in a cold, damp bungalow / come make-shift police station and clicked on the ‘apply’ button for a Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth. As a new mum with a six month old baby, of course it occurred to me that I … Continue reading A Lighthearted Reflection on Achieving a Doctorate – By The Active Author

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: 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