This is self care

Self-care is critical right now. Three years after a change management experience in which I felt like a shunted  carriage in Thomas the Tank Engine, I am once again at the mercy of a university restructure. This time I have managerial responsibility for others who are facing redundancy. Supporting them is a good distraction from … Continue reading This is self care

Writing in company at home

A couple of weeks ago, I hosted a writing retreat at home with former colleagues and current co-authors Lilia Mantai and Vanessa Fredericks. We are finalising a journal article on time pressures for PhD candidates and early career academics. The retreat immersed us in writing away from the interruptions of the office. Planning and writing … Continue reading Writing in company at home

A reminder to play

Two seemingly unconnected things: My six year old son has taken to referring to himself as his thirteen year old sister's imaginary friend. (I find myself half believing him). And a couple of weeks ago I attended a gathering of Higher Education Scholars. I have previously posted about these events (The spirit of research, Yarning … Continue reading A reminder to play

Beginnings, endings and lifetimes

The past few weeks have reminded me of the importance of rituals to mark beginnings, endings and the lifetimes in between. At work, we have celebrated new jobs and roles, baby showers, reunions, farewells and retirements. Took 50+ contracts & 14 years, but I'm now in a continuing role at the university. Thanks to the … Continue reading Beginnings, endings and lifetimes