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

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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

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 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

Let’s all just switch off this Christmas

It's approaching the Christmas break and my head is frazzled. At home I am frantically trying to tick off christmas present lists, create food shopping lists, write a ridiculous number of christmas cards, take the little one to see Santa (and every winter wonderland experience around), put up Christmas decorations and keep on top of the … Continue reading Let’s all just switch off this Christmas

Students are what make academic life great!

I've realised that my last 8 blog posts have probably been quite depressing; accusing Criminology of lacking any soul and being too egotistical; damning the gender discrimination; challenging the purpose of the REF and so on. It got me thinking why the hell am I still in academia, is it all that bad? So I … Continue reading Students are what make academic life great!