(Human) ethics applications with a minimum of pain (part one)

This post is by Judy Redman who is a Uniting Church minister and, as part of her role as a university chaplain, has been minister of religion on the human research ethics committees of three different Australian universities. She has qualifications in Agricultural Science and Human Nutrition as well as Theology and is currently working … Continue reading (Human) ethics applications with a minimum of pain (part one)

To wear or not to wear – that is the question!

Over the weeks between the first and second post, two other people took the time to write posts reflecting on their own dressing practices. I thought I would publish these pieces together in this slightly longer post as the have different ways of talking about similar feelings. Both these contributions highlight how complex this issue of 'dressing the part' is...

How to get a job in academia when you finish your PhD

How do you get an academic job? Much of the advice out there boils down to one statement: "publish early, publish often". However, after reading Jen's post last week I think we should approach this advice to 'just publish' with caution. Jen's figures showed clearly that being 'one dimensional', i.e. just a researcher or just a teacher, was the surest road to marginal employment. Academics in permanent positions tend to do teaching and research.

How serious is the task of rebuilding the Australian research and academic career?

Earlier this week I published a review of a new book by Dr Richard Hil called "Whackademia". The book makes a pointed critique of the Australian Higher Education system for an excessively casualised workforce. A couple of months ago Jen Tsen Kwok, a PhD student at the University of Queensland and a Policy and Research Officer at the National Education Tertiary Union (NTEU) joined us in a live #phdchat on Twitter to talk about just this topic. I asked Jen if he would like to put some of the data he talked about in a post as a lot of people expressed interest in the figures. This post is twice as long as usual, but I thought it was important to give sufficient space to sketch out the issues - knowledge is power after all! I want to thank Jen for taking the time to write this for us.

Should PhD students should be treated more like shoppers?

The path to academic nirvana was not easy, in fact it was ridiculously hard. So when @sarahstow showed me the blurb for 'Whackademia: an insider's account of the troubled university" I immediately left the office to buy a copy, solely on the promise in the title. I've sold stuff in supermarkets and book stores, dabbled in the music industry, washed dishes in restaurants, driven courier trucks and cleaned houses in addition to working in architects' offices. All of this experience has led me to conclude that yes - academia IS a whacky place to work...

What not to wear: academic edition (part 2)

Recently I wrote a post called "What not to wear: the academic edition" about the trouble I had finding the right dress to wear to give a keynote. I was surprised how many people commented on the post and asked Rosie Findlay, a PhD student researching style blogs, if she would write a follow up … Continue reading What not to wear: academic edition (part 2)