Thank you all for following, supporting and engaging in my blog over the last 2 years. The time has come for me to end the Blogging Criminologist. There are many reasons for this, some professional and some personal, but those reasons don't matter right now. I want to end with some last thoughts of what … Continue reading Signing off as Blogging Criminologist….
This week I published a new post, it was nothing more than a thought piece about how we refer to people in our research. This post received largely positive feedback (thank you to those for your messages of support) but it also received some extremely harsh accusations, which I would like to respond to. I … Continue reading A response to the accusations and returning to academic freedom
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
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. Recently a fellow Criminology lecturer came up to me and asked "so what are you researching right now", now whilst that probably seems like an obvious question to ask another academic, it … Continue reading Rethinking Criminological Research
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
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