Some news and the future of this site

Pastures new, geddit? (Not an accurate representation of Milton Keynes.) So, I received some rather stunning and unexpected news a couple of weeks ago. After nine years of precarity, someone round here has finally got herself a permanent, full-time academic job! From the beginning of November 2019, I will be joining the Open University as…

Sprout: REF and those elusive 4* triggers

So, by way of an update, I recently started working back in Museum Studies at the University of Leicester as a ‘REF Pathway’ Research Associate. Over the next six months (five months now, to be precise), I will be supporting the REF-able academics within the School to write and publish outputs judged to meet the…

Shut Up and Write!

A quick post about the rebirth of Shut and Write! Leicester, now on the first Sunday afternoon of each month. If you’d like to find out more, please join the Facebook group or email me for details. Image by Parker Byrd

Sprout: Working from home – tips and tricks

As my new job will be home-based, I recently asked friends and followers on social media for their top hints and tips for productive home-working. They had lots of great ideas and I thought they might also be useful for anyone for anyone who doesn’t have an office or a comfortable office space (PhD students…

Sprout: Reward yourself for writing

Yeah, I know this sounds like one of those scammy ads on social media but it isn’t, trust me. Inspired by this post on rewarding yourself for writing, I’ve decided to give it a go. If nothing else it might help me finish the paper I’ve been working on since 2015 and kick-start my efforts…

New freelance services for museums and heritage, arts and cultural organisations

A quick post about my new freelance services. I’m offering: desk-based audience and content research analysis of audience research data editing and proofreading report writing; and writing and editing of interpretive text Please see the dedicated page on my website for more information. There’s a contact form there too for any enquiries. Image by Janko…

Sprout: What’s your tendency?

Note: This post contains affiliate links. Do any of you recognise this scenario? You know what’s good for you. You’d like to do it. But there’s something holding you back. You find yourself resisting even though you know that seminar would be worth going to or that yoga class would do you some good? You…

New blogpost for the EAMENA project

The second part of my blogpost series on designing a pop-up exhibition has recently been posted to the EAMENA website. In it I write about selecting images and writing accessible text for successful engagement with non-specialist audiences. Incidentally, the Egypt exhibition is currently at the Biblotheca Alexandrina (until 27th Feb 2019). Photographs courtesy of the…

Sprout: What coaching is (and what it isn’t)

A little while ago I mentioned I was planning on starting a coaching offer for final year PhD students and early career researchers (ECRs). It’s become increasingly clear to me that there is a real need for genuinely affordable advice and support. And, as a one-time PhD student, ECR and now precarious academic, I understand…