Academic FOMO

Paolo Braiuca https://www.flickr.com/photos/braiu_74/26557402071

I have blogged before about the guilt often experienced by new academic parents, now from maternity leave number two I give you: academic FOMO. Fear Of Missing Out. An anxiety that an exciting or interesting event may currently be happening elsewhere, often aroused by posts seen on social media. Right […]

On academic motherhood

“Work-life balance doesn’t exist for me; I don’t believe in unicorns” I share this viewpoint that my work is a part of my life in which I also happen to be a mother and Lady Dr of the household.  I’m not attempting to combine work and family, I am combining work and […]

Who says you can’t go home? Part II

I have one cat in a cardboard box and another sat on my P45; it is really happening!  As alluded to in Part I, I am relocating out of London back home to the Midlands to start a new job as a lecturer.   So who says you can’t go home?  Well; academia […]

Academic professionalism

Not surprisingly, this week’s post is somewhat inspired by ‘those’ comments from Sir Tim Hunt.  Let’s talk about academic professionalism. Is academia an unprofessional profession? What does professionalism in academia mean to you?  To me it goes beyond the Oxford dictionary definition of ‘the competence or skill expected of a professional’.  […]

Top tips to keep imposter syndrome at bay

This ‘thought for today’ notice at a tube station got my attention this week. I am guilty. I have spent a lot of time worrying lately and I am not alone.  In academia we worry about job security, budgets, grant applications, publications, time and project management, teaching, work-life balance – you name it.  Not to […]

What’s wrong with a teaching-focused career path?

“While you will certainly be an excellent teacher, are you sure about your career choice?” What kind of question is that?  I am hardly switching from scientific research to bricklaying (although by recent accounts I would make a fortune!), but simply have expressed an interest in becoming teaching-focused.  I do not wish […]