Take a break

A reminder to myself that might be helpful to you: take a break. For inspiration, I read Robert Dessaix's The Pleasures of Leisure. (I picked up a copy for $3 at the local Vinnies; in pristine, unread condition, it is inscribed with a message of congratulations for "twenty years of unswerving, faithful service"). Dessaix acknowledges … Continue reading Take a break

Imagining research futures

  The Higher Education Scholars have been at it again. We are a group of higher education researchers based in and around Sydney who meet regularly. I've blogged about us before: A reminder to play, Staying in place, Yarning circle, and The spirit of research. To recap: 30 odd people, predominantly women, a mix of … Continue reading Imagining research futures

A month of tweets

In September, I tweeted every weekday (plus a weekend recap on Mondays). Inspired by Tseen Khoo (half of the Research Whisperer) I joined The Leveraged PhD social media challenge. Thanks to Melanie Bruce for fun and thought-provoking prompts. Here are some of my posts over the month: Day 3 #TheLeveragedPhD challenge #WhyILoveMyJob My colleagues, those … Continue reading A month of tweets

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

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

Staying in place

I taught my first tutorial at my current university eighteen years ago. In academia, there's something shameful in admitting you've stayed in one university. Being deeply rooted is an anathema in higher education. I have been on the receiving end of this advice many times: if you want to succeed/ thrive/ stay employed, you must … Continue reading Staying in place