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 […]

A most monumental academic cock-up

Lately my twitter and blog reader are inundated with chatter about end of year exams and graduation.  So this week I’m going to tell you the story of my most monumental academic cock-up… Upon graduating from my BSc degree I was something like 2% away from a 1st and was called in for a viva for the opportunity […]

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 […]

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 […]