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

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

Depression in academia and suggestions for change

I thought long and hard about writing this post, a post very personal to me and difficult to write, so I hope readers can appreciate why I have done it. Allowing me to reflect on my own journey has helped me list some suggestions for change - together we can reduce academic depression. Depression. A … Continue reading Depression in academia and suggestions for change

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

Does Age Matter?

When I wrote one of my first blogs on does gender matter I intended it to be a reflexive piece on my own journey through academia so far. I was overwhelmed by the support I received from fellow academics from a huge array of disciplines, clearly highlighting that gender does indeed matter. It got me thinking … Continue reading Does Age Matter?