I have recently changed jobs, in that I have resigned from my job and taken up a postdoctoral fellowship at the university where I recently completed my PhD. This was a big leap for me because it meant quitting my first academic job that came with a pension, a proper income, and an access card that … Continue reading Being the boss of your own time
Hello, and welcome to 2015! I hope it has started off well for all of you. My year has started with a bang, or a couple of them. We have just moved house, I have started my postdoc, and because of moving house, I am cut off from the internet (while our truly awful national … Continue reading Resolutions and reality: starting up again
At the beginning of this year I spent a frantic week applying for a doctoral sabbatical grant from the National Research Foundation here in South Africa. These grants are designed to buy you out of your teaching/academic work for a period of time so that you can focus on and finish your PhD. I heard … Continue reading The ups and downs of study leave
Sometimes doing a PhD can feel like a form of madness when you are working and mothering small needy people full time, not to mention trying to be happily married the the small people's father. Why on earth would you take on such a huge time and soul and brain consuming project when you already … Continue reading Why, again, am I doing a PhD?