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
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
A strange and yet not so strange thing has happened. My PhD is over. Submitted. Viva-d. Corrected. Resubmitted. Deposited. Bound. All that remains is graduation and hopefully a rather large party to celebrate it in July 2016. I made it out the other side. I have emerged blinking and I appear to be in one… Continue reading PhD Completed
On 6th January 2015 I attended a Witness Seminar at the Institute for Contemporary British History on the history of the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) in the 70s and 80s, as part of their forthcoming 50th Birthday celebrations. Not only was I interested to hear about how such a high-profile organisation had handled the… Continue reading Child Poverty Action Group Witness Seminar
I have just got back from an exhausting but excellent research trip to Liverpool where I have been immersing myself in the history of youth clubs and youth work as well as getting to know the city a little better. On the second day, while visiting a club whose papers I have read, I was… Continue reading Walking Liverpool: dynamic understandings of youth and youth work in Liverpool
This title could well read 'How long does a PhD take!' That would perhaps reflect the sense that though I have travelled a great distance towards completing my PhD in the last three years, it is not finished yet. I am entering my continuation year, or 'writing-up' period as it is also known. The terms of… Continue reading How long does a PhD take?
I am sure no one has noticed that my blog went quiet for a while. Without airing my personal life via social media, the last few months have been a time where I felt I needed to hunker down and blogging just could not be a priority. Now that I'm adapting to a new normal… Continue reading Reflections on blogging