A Christmas break in academia

Posted in Research, Teaching on January 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“There was a time when you wouldn’t catch sight of this academic in Ireland over Christmas – I used to head straight for the ski slopes as soon as term ended. But family commitments and research workloads have put paid to that, at least for a while, and I’m not sure it’s such a bad thing …” (more)

[Antimatter, 4 January]

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World-class research takes time: give us back our summers

Posted in Research on July 19th, 2015 by steve

UK“A block of time needs to be carved out to give academics space to concentrate on research during increasingly fragmented summers …” (more)

[Guardian, 17 July]


Missing in August

Posted in Life on August 2nd, 2010 by steve

“… I have never found it to be a major problem to work with colleagues who disappear every August. I am hyper enough about my research that I am sometimes annoyed if a colleague disappears to their (apparently internetless) ancestral home and this delays submission of a manuscript, but a month isn’t a big deal in the overall scheme of things …” (more)

[FemaleScienceProfessor, 2 August]

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Gimme a Break

Posted in Life on December 30th, 2009 by steve

“Why do college students get such long winter vacations? Most working adults don’t get much official time off during the holidays — the Explainer, for instance, is only released into the wild on Christmas and New Year’s Day. But students get tons of vacation time — some college breaks last as long as six weeks. How’d these kids get so lucky? …” (more)

[Noreen Malone, Slate, 30 December]