Academic articles can be inspired from some very non-academic places and sometimes inspiration can come from the strangest things... A little while ago, I wrote an academic paper examining the ways in which life and death could be interpreted in the two versions of Sylvia Plath’s Ariel. Last year, it was published. While I have long loved Sylvia … [Read more...] about Academic articles and non-academic inspiration
Our correspondent, Christopher Ferguson asks: What role does Higher Education have to play in the current political climate? And he shares his ideas in answer to that question. If I were writing a dystopian comedy in the 1990s, it might have kicked off with the following paragraph. Richard Spencer, a white supremacist and ‘alt-right’ figure, was punched … [Read more...] about Communication, Communication, Communication
I believe that everyone in academia, especially those who are not English native speakers, has to, once in a while, write in a language that is not their mother tongue - be it simply an email, a job application or a paper submission to a journal. In Brazil, most universities offer translation services when an academic wants to submit a paper to important … [Read more...] about How to write in a language that is not your own
Wanting to write A few months ago, the fiercely brilliant writer Cory Taylor died. In the time before the cancer became fiercer than her, she wrote ‘Dying: A Memoir’ as a way to make sense of death, of what was happening to her. It’s a beautiful book. A section that struck me, was when she talked of not having a bucket list: “From the age of … [Read more...] about Writing through a fear of writing – featuring 3 most helpful steps.
In 1973 Marlon Brando famously sent Sacheen Littlefeather to accept - or rather reject - his Oscar for the Godfather. At this year’s ARMA Conference, as I accepted the piirus.ac.uk sponsored award for Technological Innovation and Application, I wished I’d had Sacheen on speed-dial. She could have saved me. I’m not great in the spotlight. Of course, … [Read more...] about Me and Sacheen – in the social media spotlight
No matter what stage of research or academia you are at in your career, getting published is a tough process. In fact, a majority of time, we as researchers are rejected from journals more often than we are accepted, especially at an early career level when we are developing skills, contacts and resiliency. In my experience as an early career researcher, … [Read more...] about Don’t get mad, get better: A story of receiving peer review comments
This week we're very pleased to share with you Andrew Derrington’s advice: he takes us through the structure of a research grant application and provides useful links to other content to equip you with the right tools for your grant application writing. Most of my business involves helping academics to write better research grant applications. Prospects … [Read more...] about How to draft a research grant application
In such a demanding and precarious society that we live in, it is not surprising to find that many of us are seeking for ways to enhance our mental health and well-being. For instance, in the UK alone, more than 1.25 million people have used the NHS mental health services in 2010, representing access rates of around 2,700 per 100,000 of the population … [Read more...] about Writing about my research interest on expressive writing
I've been taking part in the How to Survive your PhD MOOC which is now in its final stages: We are now all peer marking each others' assignments. The course is full of great learning materials for students and supervisors, and people like myself who support researchers, and I've learnt a lot. During this MOOC, I was tasked to create instructions for … [Read more...] about How to write instructions for others in 9 steps
Writing is an essential part of academic life, but many academics struggle to find the time to write and few of us have ever been given explicit training in how to write. As a result, it can be hard to make progress on thesis chapters, journal articles, and books. But social media is changing all that! Around the world, PhD students, early career … [Read more...] about Top 5 Hashtags for Academic Writing: just in time for #acwrimo!
Having completed my PhD using a writing style that took – quite literally – YEARS to get to grips with, I’ve moved onto the thorny issue of writing for journal publication. In an 80,000 word thesis, it was entirely possible to combine my personal and academic voices*, but it seems much more difficult when the word count is limited to journal … [Read more...] about Writing styles: a thorny issue
These tips on motivating yourself to write are gleaned from last year's #AcWriMo tweets. There's a lot more good, practical advice to be found amongst last year's tweets, as collected and shared by the Wolfson Research Exchange, University of Warwick. … [Read more...] about Motivate yourself to keep writing : ten tips on staying positive and keeping going