Category Archives: Academia

Jettisoning One’s Past

When you have been inhabiting any space for a substantial length of time it tends to be somewhat dispiriting and challenging to move out and move on.  Quite unconnected with any of the other moves I’ve written about recently (here … Continue reading

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Moving On to Pastures New

Every student, undergraduate or postgraduate, at the University of Cambridge has to be a member of one of the university’s 31 colleges.  To outsiders the college system may seem a little mysterious: how do they differ from Halls of Residence … Continue reading

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Classifying Group Leaders

It’s the season for lists: best photos of the year, best quotes, best-dressed (even worst-dressed) celebs, momentous moments – you name it, there’s probably a list for it somewhere on the web. Since I’ve just covered the other seasonal topic … Continue reading

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Lesser? Spotted? Well, that’s just the Professors

This piece first appeared in Times Higher Education on February 23rd 2012 in their Off Piste series. As a child and teenager, I spent many happy hours in cold, wet and uncomfortable conditions peering through my binoculars at small dots … Continue reading

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Conveying the Wrong Message

This article first appeared in Times Higher Education as an Opinion piece on January 12th 2012. Our academic lives are strongly influenced by those individuals who write letters of reference for us as we aim to move up the career … Continue reading

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