Academics and their holidays

Posted in Life on January 11th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“This week, I’m back in the snow world for the first time in a long while. The college teaching semester starts next Monday, and I managed to get my corrections done during Christmas week, leaving a precious few days over …” (more)

[Antimatter, 10 January]


Back in Austria

Posted in Life on December 30th, 2012 by steve

“I’m back in beautiful Austria this week for some skiing, this time in Niederau, a quiet village in the Kitzbuler Alps. I managed to finish my exam corrections before Christmas and decided to reward myself with a last-minute snow holiday in the Alps …” (more)

[Antimatter, 30 December]

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You must be on your holidays now

Posted in Life, Research on June 12th, 2012 by steve

You must be on your holidays now? I am confronted with this statement/question every time I go shopping in my village these days. Almost everyone I know is convinced that all I do is teach, and the summer holidays are mine to enjoy at my leisure. Are university academics seen the same way? …” (more)

[Cormac O’Rafferty, Antimatter, 12 June]


Which Major Religion Has the Most Holidays?

Posted in Life on April 6th, 2012 by steve

“Friday is a big day in two of the world’s major religions. Christians celebrate Good Friday, the day of Jesus’ crucifixion, while Jews begin Passover, the holiday marking their ancestors’ escape from ancient Egypt. Which of the world’s major religions has the most festivals and holidays throughout the year? …” (more)

[Brian Palmer, Slate, 6 April]

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Health effects of holidays ‘fade within fortnight’

Posted in Life on August 2nd, 2011 by steve

“… Research has found that workers return to the office happier, healthier and with more energy, particularly if their in-tray hasn’t built up too much in their absence, and are even better at solving problems. However the improvements in a holidaymaker’s mood start to fade within the first week back …” (more)

[Martin Beckford, Independent, 2 August]


Tech addiction: workaholics bring work on holidays

Posted in Life on July 26th, 2011 by steve

“People used to go on holiday to get away from it all. However, new research shows that 73% of smartphone, tablet and laptop-toting office workers will check their emails while on holiday, and 62% admit their boss expects to be in touch with them while they attempt to enjoy the summer sun …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 26 July]


We’re all going on a summer holiday?

Posted in Life on July 5th, 2011 by steve

“It’s that time of year again. If you’re an academic, someone is going to ask you today whether you are now on your holidays, and how you will spend this enjoyable period of two or more months of absolute leisure. And you’re going to feel highly annoyed, knowing as you do that three weeks is as much of a break as you can hope for …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 5 July]


Parents concerned at students holidaying prior to CAO offers

Posted in Life on August 18th, 2010 by steve

“A parents’ organisation has expressed concern over the number of Leaving Certificate students departing on celebratory holidays prior to the CAO offers, as tour operators mark an increase in bookings. Thousands of students are expected to depart for the Balearic, Canary and Greek islands this weekend to celebrate their Leaving Cert results …” (more)

[Pamela Newenham, Irish Times, 18 August]

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One in four can’t switch off on holidays

Posted in Life on July 23rd, 2010 by steve

“One in four Irish employees cannot switch off during holidays according to a new survey from 27% of workers admitted checking their work emails, 6% say they check their work texts while another 5% admitted to ringing the office while on annual leave …” (more)

[Inside Ireland, 22 July]


We’re all going on a holiday …

Posted in Life on April 17th, 2009 by steve

Ireland“For the past four days I have been away from the university, taking a break – and as I write this I am on my way back. Last week, however, I was at work as normal – but when I was at a function the person I happened to be talking to started the conversation by saying: ‘I presume you’re on a break’. ‘Why would you presume that?’ I asked. ‘Well, it’s the Easter holidays,’ she responded. I don’t know about other academics, but this kind of conversation always has the capacity to irritate me profoundly. I keep discovering that there are many people out there who believe that if the students are on holiday, then all university staff (including the President) must be also …” (more)

[Ferdinand von Prondzynski, University Blog, 17 April]

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