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An Ode to Pubs and Pubs

Krysten Blackstone | Nothing in academia ever really goes as planned, does it? As I am sure many of you saw, our 5th anniversary month of postings was interrupted by the strikes across the U.K.   In our support of the strike action,… Continue reading →

Five Years of Pubs and Pubs

Krysten Blackstone | ‘It started, as so many things do, at a wine reception.’ Laura Harrison, founding and long-time committee member, wrote those words in February of 2016 to celebrate the first anniversary of Pubs and Publications, fondly known to… Continue reading →

An Ode to Saying ‘No’

Krysten Blackstone |   The academic world is full of thankless tasks, administrative roles, organising committees, meetings about what will be said in future meetings, and never-ending opportunities for you to spend a lot of time doing countless things that are… Continue reading →

Researching Stigma: how the contested nature of your topic can affect you as the researcher

By Rachel Wilson-Lowe | On my way to interview for my studentship, I remember getting the side-eye from an older gentleman while on the train. I couldn’t figure out what I had done to deserve his ire, until I saw what… Continue reading →

Write Literally Anything: Writer’s Block 101

Krysten Blackstone | It is Sunday, at 20:52 (EST) and this post is due to be published in t-minus 7 hours and 8 minutes. I have been trying to figure out what to write for this post since I wrote down when… Continue reading →

Teaching Is Mostly About Learning: Handling Extreme Student Criticism

Anonymous | Last year while teaching, I got a truly terrible email from a student.  For the sake of privacy and confidentiality, I’m not going to post the entire letter here, but I’ll do my best to give you a… Continue reading →

So Many Questions, So Little Time: Q&A With Current PhD Students

Krysten Blackstone | For the past two years, I have been one of the PhD students that does the ‘Welcome to the University’ talks to incoming Masters and PhD students. The session is a chance for the newbies to ask on-degree… Continue reading →

2 Down, Starting 3rd, and 4 For Good Measure

Krysten Blackstone | Pubs and Publications has gone through a number of changes since I came on board two years ago.  My appointment as a Contributions Editor then was also the celebration of our 200th post – I am chair now,… Continue reading →

Choosing Your First Conference: A Beginner’s Guide

Sarah Thomson | Conferences are an inevitable part of PhD life, but choosing where to submit your first abstract(s) can be a tricky decision. For most people it is their first experience of sharing their research outside the sanctuary of… Continue reading →

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