Post-holiday fog

It's been two days since my visit to Broughty Ferry (near Dundee, Scotland) and I'm still feeling mentally foggy. I don't usually travel during term time, the perk of teaching at a university and all, but I wanted to catch up with my amazing friend. We don't see each other often, maybe every two years, … Continue reading Post-holiday fog

Thesis Boot Camp: The view from ‘the other side’

This past week I had the privilege to help facilitate the first 'solo' Thesis Boot Camp (TBC) event on campus. For those of you who don't know, it's essentially 2 ½ days of no-holds-barred, intensive writing event intended for final-stage PhD students to get as many words down on paper as possible. Last year we had the brilliant Dr Peta … Continue reading Thesis Boot Camp: The view from ‘the other side’

Two-city living: It’s what you do if you work in UK higher ed?

I remember the first time I learned that one of the professors in my discipline commuted to Manchester for work but lived in another city several hours away (by train). He'd stay a few days then go back to his family on the weekend. I remember thinking this was completely crazy - who would voluntarily … Continue reading Two-city living: It’s what you do if you work in UK higher ed?