Category Archives: PhDs/Doctorates

Whiteness and the Academy

Let’s start with the observation that I’m ridiculously white. The everyday response to this is to look at me and say, “duh, obviously!”. But people who think about/study race might look at me and say, “duh, obviously!” but mean it … Continue reading

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The Multiple Shitnesses of the ECR Job Market

Over about 18 months, I looked into but didn’t apply for about 80 jobs, enquired about – but didn’t apply for – 20, applied for 15, was shortlisted for five, and got one. Whether I was shortlisted or not was … Continue reading

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University People…

Higher education is filled with real people. Let’s meet some of them… The Vice Chancellor The Emeritus Professor The Über-successful Scientist (aka ‘A University Carol’) The University Data Manager The Misanthropic Doctoral Student The Reluctant Union-ist The Kingmaker (This is … Continue reading

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The Misanthropic Doctoral Student

Aubrey was, as usual, sitting by himself at the back of the room,  paying less than half attention. He was pretending to write notes on the presentation but was actually drafting the outline of an incisive new paper on Isambard … Continue reading

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The Golden Age of The University

The Professor paused to conjure up an obscure metaphor for the letter he was writing to the local paper about the proposed Gypsy Traveller camp on the (opposite, thankfully) edge of his Berkshire village. Leaning back, he laid his Mont … Continue reading

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How sexist are universities?

At first glance, you might think that universities, as spaces for promoting critical thinking and (often) social justice, are more immune from sexism than, say, the film industry. You might expect them to less homophobic than professional football, and less … Continue reading

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A luke warm date with the White Paper – condensing 83 pages into 2

The much-anticipated Higher Education White Paper was released on Monday, sending the Twittersphere and other social media outlets into overload. It had been preceded by a Green (consultation) Paper in November last year, but the White Paper sets out what … 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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How not to fail your viva: a few tips on sidestepping a resubmission.

Failing your viva is every doctoral student’s worst nightmare, and for a small minority it’s a reality: major revisions, a resubmission, another viva, and a year to do it all. The finish line was right in front of you, you’re … Continue reading

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Happy Blogoversary! Looking back at the first year of Stuff At Unis

I’ve been blogging for exactly a year now, and it’s been an interesting and useful experience. I mainly started doing this for public engagement, to share the hot topics in and around higher education in a way that anyone can … Continue reading

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