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 […]

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 […]

It is OK to borrow a brain

Contrary to popular (student) belief it is actually the A grade students who knock on my door every week asking for help or advice. Nothing illustrates this better than the assignment I have just marked… Towards the end of the second year we allocate students a dissertation research topic/title and supervisor and […]

Happy new academic year

Welcome to Northampton! This week we are welcoming new students to the university (perhaps the subject of next week’s blog…) but over the last couple of weeks I’ve been experiencing my very own welcome as a new member of staff. I’m excited to see how Weekademia will grow and evolve here […]