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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.



The Art of Travel

Mural in La Boca, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2010

I debated over the title of this post for a while.  It should really just be called “My Travel Tips” or something, as I don’t claim to be any kind of authority on travelling and there are some much better blogs out there which give great travel advice (such as this one by a Lonely Planet contributor).  But I liked the sound of “The Art of Travel” so don’t judge me by the title alone.

This list was inspired by my friend who just came back from a trip and is suffering from the post-travelling blues.  I wanted to offer him advice and help him out of his funk.

I then got thinking about a lot of great advice I have picked up from various people regarding travelling and thought I’d make a list (I love lists!)…. Continue reading