I’m crowdfunding. Why?

This post is adapted from my crowdfunding campaign website.  My lab is giving crowdfunding a go. I have a talented postgraduate student about to start a self-funded MPhil/PhD with me and we are hoping to crowdfund some consumable costs. Why? Here are three reasons: Funding is scarce. Acquiring research funds is […]

Incredibly useful PubMed search tools you wish you knew earlier 

“I need to do some reading on this.” This past week I have spent a lot of time on PubMed.  So today I’m following up from a previous post on teaching students and early career researchers more efficient strategies to search and retrieve medical/life science literature. This post will focus on a couple of […]

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 […]

53 resources to navigate the academic job market

Job hunting is stressful and time consuming but with careful research and preparation it can be a positive and rewarding experience*.  Having recently survived the process I’m using this weeks post to compile a list of online resources for navigating the academic job market, broken down by category and interspersed with my own personal tips. Develop […]

Making the most of academic conferences

I stumbled upon an interesting blog series this week by a PhD student, Owl_Meat, on “Harsh truths and bad conferences” (part 1, part 2 and part 3). “Conferences can be terrible.” I have been there, done that.  I have been the awkward poster tube hauling lonely academic wondering who on Earth will come and […]

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 […]

The great academic space debate

“Where is my chair, come on who’s taken my chair?  No!  My chair was blue” This weeks quote was said in jest during a hilarious ten minutes of searching for ‘the chair’ as if it was a lost iPhone.  ‘Chairgate’ coincided with an e-mail circular announcing a policy to increase the amount of ‘agile working’: “…where the majority […]

Your academic tour guide: a.k.a the mentor

“I don’t know how academia works.” This week I met a new mentee through a university-wide mentoring scheme. We are from completely different faculties, departments and fields and I think this kind of interdisciplinary mentoring is fantastic.  It fosters complete honesty by both parties and in my case has meant I am exploring […]

10 steps to a successful manuscript cover letter

“What goes in the cover letter then?” Something a little snappier this week. I was approached by a colleague the other day for advice on writing a cover letter for a manuscript. Here are my quick tried and tested, waffle free tips: Address it to a named editor – but […]