Category Archives: Early Career Academia

New Academic Year’s Resolutions: 2017-18 is the year of more ruth!

  I love autumn. In one way it’s a sad sign of nature slowing the whole show down, but it’s the season with the best light, the most interesting colours, and is also the start of the new academic year. … Continue reading

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Confessions of a new lecturer, Volume 3: The downside of being a ‘Yes Man’

When I started as a new lecturer, I found it impossible to turn calls for assistance down, partly in the interests of making a good impression and partly because there’s a power dynamic when senior colleagues ask you to contribute … Continue reading

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What we need is a new ranking – for journals.

Maybe not what you were expecting from me – the last thing we need is another ranking in higher education, right? As I’ve written before, they’re based on proxy measures and therefore rarely, if ever, capture what they claim to. … Continue reading

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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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