Taking account of contracts

In my previous post I added up a few figures on my financial year as a contract academic. I suggested, too, that what was important here was recognition. In saying that, I wanted to move the debate away from my personal circumstances – mine are just one example, after all – and open up the… Continue reading Taking account of contracts

Diary of an ECR #9: Power

One element of power in the academic world is association or affiliation. Established researchers have it, and early career academics want it. But interestingly, Universities are the ones who really need it. They go about exerting their powers in order to obtain it: hiring this person (and their research), or creating this program or centre in… Continue reading Diary of an ECR #9: Power

Diary of an ECR #8

Research. What is it’s definition? Let me define it as “having something to show for yourself”. Having: It must be yours. Attributable. Responsible for it. cf. “I taught those people”, but they are not mine. Their learning is theirs. I cannot sell them (well, perhaps I could…). (So, how does one come to own something? Interesting question!).… Continue reading Diary of an ECR #8