Open days

Brief post here, but one I've been wanting to write for a while on what it's like to be a part of the university recruitment machine: open days. Along with pastoral duties, one of the things you'll have to do which you feel wildly unprepared for as a new lecturer is the fact that you'll … Continue reading Open days

Feeling less dissatisfied with yourself

This post is something of a follow-up to a couple of earlier posts on managing your workload as an early-career academic, and surviving the transition from postdoc to lecturer. So there will no doubt be some themes revisited, but perhaps with a slightly more emotionally-focused theme. I'll start with an anecdote. A good friend and … Continue reading Feeling less dissatisfied with yourself


If you have teaching, you have marking. As a PhD student, you likely had a supervisor who moaned about marking. When you start your first lectureship, you’ll now have senior colleagues who moan about marking. If you’ve been given some teaching relief in your first year, you might get to listen to people moaning about … Continue reading Marking