Category Committee

One simple step to an impressive CV – Give it a go

In my experience developing an extensive resume is more about throwing your hat in the ring and giving things a go than it is about being an expert, or impressive in any other way.


Microaggressions and university life – doing nothing is sometimes easier than doing something

Today I want to talk about something called a ‘microaggression’. I hadn’t heard of this term until a friend posted a link to an article in The Atlantic about the extent to which US Colleges are increasingly exposed to criticism from students who are offended by words, statements, interactions and implications.  According to the article, […]

Departmental restructures and the end of productivity

I went through two restructure processes in the short three years that I was employed in the public sector. Each time a restructure is kicked off people become concerned about their employment prospects, money is wasted on rebranding and reorganisation of office space, and every little bit of administrative improvement that had been in the works becomes low priority and disappears completely.

When a committee position is just too much – Saying NO

It’s a hard thing to admit to yourself when a task completely burns you out – but that’s what happened to me. I have a problem with commitment. Instead of being commitment-phobic I’m rejection of commitment-phobic. There’s always a lesson to be learned, though, and I hope that the lesson for me in this case was to draw a line in the sand and recognise when commitments become overbearing.

My struggles with a condition known as ‘Academic Fear of Missing Out (FOMO)’

I have Academic FOMO. I have it bad. Currently, my PhD to-do list is overwhelmed with tasks that aren’t ultimately related to my PhD. The source of my FOMO is a little harder to pin down. I want to take advantage of all the opportunities that doing a PhD has to offer.

How a student magazine can land you with a meeting with the VC – Postscript 2015

While I wouldn’t say that 2015 was a terribly successful year for me in terms of my research (although I did get my data collection finished!) I would say that it included one of the most enjoyable experiences of my PhD process – having the opportunity to edit Postscript magazine…

A Mess of Committees

I’ve been a little quiet for the past few months. I would like to say that it’s because of a productive research period, with sparks flying and analysis exploding and papers being thoroughly digested. Unfortunately, this semester has been absorbed almost completely by something else – committees. My mother was very fond of committees. Some […]