Category Archives: Universities

Rob Kitchin – Balancing and redistributing ‘additional’ academic work

Rob Kitchin has a very good piece on ‘Balancing and redistributing ‘additional’ academic work‘ at his The View from the Blue House blog. Beginning with an absolutely terrifying list of requests to review, examine, interview, contribute etc. (and I thought I … Continue reading

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‘U Can’t Talk to Ur Professor Like This’ – academic etiquette in the New York Times

‘U Can’t Talk to Ur Professor Like This‘ – interesting piece on academic etiquette in the New York Times. Here’s the beginning of the piece: Chapel Hill, N.C. — At the start of my teaching career, when I was fresh … Continue reading

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Daniel McCormack, Some Lesser-Known Truths About Academe

Daniel McCormack, ‘Some Lesser-Known Truths About Academe‘ in The Chronicle of Higher Education. While this is a US focused piece, there is still much in here to consider for people in, or considering a career in higher education elsewhere. The … Continue reading

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Another critique of academia.edu – at Diggit Magazine

Another critique of academia.edu – ‘The end of Academia.edu: how business takes over, again‘ at Diggit Magazine. See also my post from earlier this year ‘Delete your academia.edu account… (there are other ways to share your work)‘ and the comments to … Continue reading

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Unpaywall – a Chrome and Firefox plugin to find open access versions of articles

Unpaywall is a new Chrome and Firefox plugin to find open access versions of articles. If you go to a journal article webpage with this installed, then it will give you a green logo on the right side of your browser if … Continue reading

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The pace of academic life is not the problem—the lack of autonomy is – LSE Impact Blog

The pace of academic life is not the problem—the lack of autonomy is – LSE Impact Blog To many disgruntled with the quantification of scholarship, its impossible demands and meaningless metrics, it is the heightened pace of academic life that … Continue reading

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The End of Term 2

The Maynooth and Dublin events were the last of a sequence of talks. Over this term I also gave talks in London (SOAS, IHR, British Library), Durham, Oslo, and Kingston. Often invitations grew after acceptance – come to give a seminar, but also … Continue reading

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Why I prioritise writing books over articles, even in an era of research assessment

There is a widespread perception that the UK higher education system emphasises quantity over quality in terms of publications, and that there is a constant need to write and submit journal articles. Yet in a six or seven-year research cycle, … Continue reading

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Three useful pieces of writing and other academic advice

‘How to make writing in the humanities less lonely‘ – Times Higher Education ‘The No-Fail Secret to Writing a Dissertation‘ – Chronicle Vitae ‘Impostor Syndrome Is Definitely a Thing‘ – The Chronicle of Higher Education   There are lots more collected at Writing and … Continue reading

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The Slow Professor movement: reclaiming the intellectual life of the university

The Slow Professor movement: reclaiming the intellectual life of the university – radio interview with Maggie Berg and Barbara K. Seeber on The Sunday Edition. More on the book here. //www.cbc.ca/i/caffeine/syndicate/?mediaId=879028291614 Some related links – How many hours a week should academics … Continue reading

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