Moving sideways (again) in academia: back to class

It's been nearly three years since I've taken on the role as Researcher Development Officer and I sometimes I still feel like I'm in a kind of transition period. Recently I was part of a panel of speakers discussing our views of what employers look for in PhDs. The discussion made me think about how … Continue reading Moving sideways (again) in academia: back to class

Booklist 2017: The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

There's a reason why this was shortlisted for Man Booker Prize 2007 - it's a cracking read. It is no small technical feat to write a story in first person whose protagonist you can sympathise with despite holding some offensive views. The way in which Hamid writes positions the reader in the point of view of 'The American' … Continue reading Booklist 2017: The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

First winter race was cold (duh)

Manchester (UK) has a special kind of winter. It arrives early in June for a day or so, realises it's early, then comes back around November and stays until March. It starts to think about leaving April-May and sometimes actually leaves between June-September to make room for Spring / Summer, only to take turns arriving/leaving/arriving … Continue reading First winter race was cold (duh)