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Is there a doctor on this site?

Education is, by nature, cyclic. When talking to my students as they prepare to leave university to start their first jobs, I like to give them various pieces of advice. Apart from to make friends with the caretaker/cleaners and admin staff – the number of times this has ended up Read more…

Who am I? Who am I? – I’m…

As my marking has been returned and teaching has stopped for summer, I am turning my attention to one of the other many aspects of my job as an academic which is research. Some people suggest that you do a little bit of research every now and again and, although I do try and read the odd article/research paper, I prefer to have a good go at something so I can get into the ‘zone’. It is interesting how your mindset and thoughts actually start to change as your brain is released from other work related topics, tasks and problems and the time appears, within the working day, to engage with new problems and ideas. Using technology such as Evernote and Omnifocus, I can collate my ideas, books and articles which I have found during the teaching timetable for this moment in the year when I have to time to actually go back over them and start to both engage and interact with them. Tomorrow I will be sat in the library, which is virtually empty at the moment, to start to engage with those notes which I have saved. But what will I be focusing on? Well, to be honest – I can be honest with you can’t I? – I am having a bit of an identity crisis and can’t decide who I actually am…

Person sat in a computer room researching

Am I a Natural Researcher?

About five years ago I started to work in higher education on secondment. This meant that I could see if I enjoyed the job with the added security that if I didn’t I could still return to my class teacher job. It also meant that the university could see if I was worth it, and easily get rid of me if I didn’t meet expectations! I really liked the job and decided to stay, although looking back I do think that certain aspects of the job remained hidden to me, until my name was on the dotted line. One of these areas was the need to engage with research and, other the past few days, I have been considering whether I am a natural researcher or not…

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