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
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
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
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
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
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?
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!