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
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!
Lots well-meaning people want to show kindness. They care too, for children. I've had people say 'I know what it's like, looking after my one year old is a full-time job.' I do not doubt that it is. This post is not here to denigrate the caring role of parents. In fact, there are many… Continue reading Ten ways caring is not like having small children
This is not the post I had scheduled for this week. In fact I have been very distracted this week, but in the best possible way. And one of the things I have done is add to my care burden. It seems illogical, and that’s exactly why I resisted it. But I was wrong. This… Continue reading Joyful things
I read a lot about academic precarity. Hourly paid teaching staff whose hours worked bear very little resemblance to the hours for which they get paid. I see the adverts for 10 month posts, supposedly for those who do not have rent to pay over the summer. Every time I do, I say a word… Continue reading From one precarity to another
What are we actually dealing with? A short intro to Al, care and ME.
A post introducing a series of new blogs on academia and caring.
Today is one full year since I took up my new post as Lecturer in History at London South Bank University This year has gone by very quickly! It has been a year of hard work. Mentors had advised me that the first year of a lectureship was tough and I can now wholeheartedly agree… Continue reading 365 days later
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
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?