Category Archives: Early Career Academia

Confessions of a new lecturer, Volume 2: Reflecting on the first year.

I’ve been a lecturer for just under a year now, and it’s been mostly fun and interesting, and sometimes challenging. As I wrote last time, a few things early on surprised me, such as how intellectually dependent first year students … Continue reading

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The (longer than expected) road to publication

  I got an email on Christmas Eve last year which started out as follows: Dear Dr Budd We are pleased to inform you that your manuscript has been accepted for publication in Higher Education. My first publication! Boom! This was … Continue reading

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Being the conference poster-boy/girl isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

I submitted – admittedly, a bit last minute – what I thought was a pretty tasty conference submission earlier this year. It was 1000 words of international comparisons in higher education, heavy on social theory, and on a hot topic … Continue reading

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Confessions of a new lecturer, Volume 1

There is both a strong correlation and causal relationship between the reduced frequency of my blogging and having become a new lecturer. The first month or so was a bit like any new job, trying to work out what’s what, … Continue reading

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Splitting heads – or switching hats – a not uncommon post-doc experience?

This story actually starts before I finished my PhD, but is part and parcel of what working life in the post-doc phase can look like. I defended my thesis in late August last year, but had already been working full-time for … Continue reading

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Crossing the bridge from precarious to permanent – all it takes is a click.

I’ve got a permanent job. As of September this year, I’ll be a Lecturer in Education Studies. Da-dah! So, it can be done: I had my viva last August and minor corrections signed off about a fortnight later. I’ve been … Continue reading

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Moving on… (from your PhD)

This is last of three blogs I wrote for the Bristol Doctoral College’s ‘Year in the Life of a PhD’  series, which you can find here. I dotted the last ‘i’ and crossed the last ‘t’ on my PhD seven months ago; it … Continue reading

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Right, You’ve got your doctorate. Now what?

This is the second instalment of my contributions to the Bristol Doctoral College’s ‘A Life in the Year of a PhD’ (http://bdc.bris.ac.uk/). I don’t know how common this is, but I gave no thought to ‘post-PhD’ when I started out. … Continue reading

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The last year of the PhD…and out of the other side

This was initially posted by the Bristol Doctoral College (http://bdc.bris.ac.uk/) as part of their current series ‘A Year in the Life of a PhD’… The last year of my doctorate presented challenges far beyond the intellectual. I started a part-time … Continue reading

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