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Promoting writing amongst peers: establishing a community of writing practice for early career academics

In 2015 myself and some other early-career colleagues were struggling with finding time to set aside to concentrating on writing. Finding the time, confidence, and discipline to write had consistently proven elusive with transitioning from research fellow/PhD positions to full-time academic roles. With yet another teaching semester drawing to a close we decided it was time to tackle the problem directly and took ourselves off to a cottage in Wales for a few days. We adopted an already published timetable for writing, including time for goal-setting and reviewing, and got a lot of work done over our few days away. With new-found enthusiasm and discipline we decided to convene some writing days involving other colleagues over the subsequent summer and we decided to reflect on what we’d learnt about improving our writing practice by writing it up as an academic paper! It was published today!

Click HERE to read the full paper.



Presenting student data in Chicago

Last week myself and ex-Keele undergraduate student Jamie Adams presented the findings from Jamie’s Final Year Project in Psychology at the Psychonomic Society Meeting in Chicago, USA. Picture1This meeting is the largest experimental psychology conference in the world and this year included 302 spoken papers and 1,002 posters. Jamie’s research was presented as a poster titled “Metacognitive Monitoring and Prospective Memory Abilities in Obsessive-Compulsive Checking”; this research is currently in preparation for submission to the Journal of Anxiety Disorders. After graduating from Keele last summer Jamie commenced an MSc in Brain Imaging and Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Birmingham in September; he received funding from the Experimental Psychology Society to attend the conference.

This was the first time I have taken a student of mine to a conference – I felt very grown up! It was also strange to let him take the lead on presenting the poster. I had put the poster together and before the conference I felt like I might not want to give over control to him to present when we were there; but actually when at the conference I relaxed and let him take the lead – it was really ‘his’ data after all. He did a great job from what I observed, though I actually didn’t listen in much while he was talking through the poster with different people – I was too busy having a celebratory beer 🙂


For creative Psychonomes


The Psychonomic Society is looking for creative types to submit new designs for their logo 🙂 I wish I had some free time to spend making something, it would be so cool to have your design chosen!