caring, Reflection


Autocorrect frequently makes me aware that ‘carer’ and ‘career’ are only one ‘e’ away from each other. Sometimes I feel almost goaded by the similarity. Yet it is undeniable that both terms have loomed large in my life in recent years. I was promoted to Senior Lecturer at the start of 2020, very shortly after… Continue reading Carer/career

caring, Social Policy

Happy PIPaversary to us!

Our one year PIPaversary came and went shortly before Christmas, in a blur of end of term tiredness. One whole year since we opened our claim for government payments to help meet the added costs of disability. For those unfamiliar, PIP stands for Personal Independence Payments and is there to help with the added cost… Continue reading Happy PIPaversary to us!


A new role

It is no coincidence that my blog has been rather neglected since I completed my PhD. I have been experiencing the early career precarity which, though it is becoming more visible, still affects many of us after we submit our theses. This post is not the time for an extended account of my years in… Continue reading A new role

Archives, Comment, Events, Reviews

Voluntary Sector Archives: a democratic deficit?

Last week I attended a conference at the University of Northumbria which posed the question ‘Is there a democratic deficit in archives?’ It brought together a range of interested parties such as archivists, records managers, academics and civil servants. I went to see how the idea of democracy in archives could inform the work I… Continue reading Voluntary Sector Archives: a democratic deficit?