How do you remain enthusiastic?

Earlier this week, I got this email: Do you mind me asking – how do you find the confidence/enthusiasm to keep working when people around you don’t necessarily support/encourage you? How did you find that inner confidence to go for it? I was flattered and shocked. On the one hand, it is great to be…

5 signs you might be addicted to academia

I completed my lecture-based teaching last term so I could throw myself into reading, writing, re-drafting this term. My name is Hilary and I think I’m addicted to academia. I was eating, drinking and sleeping ideas, references and cross-disciplinary inspiration. I’ve identified 5 signs you might be addicted to academia: 1. You wake up and…

Happy New Academic Term!

So far featuring… 1) a grant deadline 2) titles for our display boards (you kinda have to work on my corridor to know how much these please me) 3) an assessment for my academic practice course – quality time with the library catalogue 4) a chocolate brownie mountain to aid all of the above 5)…

My week as a lecturer #13 … getting a job.

A while ago I promised a blogpost about getting my job as a lecturer. Here it is. First a bit of employment background. In 2007, I was in the final year of writing up my PhD. During this time I applied for an ESRC Postdoctoral Fellowship. The day arrived when I expected to hear something.…

My week as a lecturer #12… a recipe for Rocky Road

In a change to the usual schedule I’d like to share with you a recipe for a Great Geography Bake Off and some awesome rocky road. Monday was the Great Geography Bake Off as part of the final class on my Human Geography Principles and Practice module. I began the session with some collective essay feedback,…

My week as a lecturer #11…making time for each other

In the spirit of the season, this post is about how great it is when we make time for each other. Volunteering an hour to help colleagues, advise, discuss, celebrate… It can change someone’s day and ideas. Sometimes – being a lecturer is about this. Monday – a 9am lecture about my research. Followed by…

My week as a lecturer #10…in photos

It’s going to have to be photos this week. I’ve used up all of my words. 2 lectures, 2 interviews, 4k words written and 1 department seminar.Monday was a chilly start as I walked onto campus for my 9am. But brightened for a morning of walking around campus as though you are Doreen Massey, Tim…