All over higher education, mothers are exhausted

Posted in Life, Research on July 14th, 2021 by steve

“When the first England lockdown was announced in March 2020 we shared a sense of outright panic with many of our colleagues who are parents. But we are lucky to be part of Durham University’s Mothers and Mothers-to-be Support Network (MAMS), which was established in 2013-14 with the aim to support and advocate for mums who work at the university …” (more)

[Nicole Westmarland, Wonkhe, 14 July]

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Is it possible to balance college and parenthood?

Posted in Life on October 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“For some parents, sending their child off to college can be a worrying time. For others, it’s they themselves who are entering the fray of third-level education. After rent, utilities and transport, childcare was the fourth largest category of expenditure for the Student Assistant Fund in 2014/15 …” (more)

[Gráinne Loughran, Irish Times, 24 October]


Parenthood and academia: an impossible balance?

Posted in Life on September 4th, 2014 by steve

“Much ink is spilled over the so-called leaky pipeline that sees so many women drop out of the academy before they reach its senior ranks. The key issue is typically identified as the enormous difficulty of balancing the duties of motherhood with the demands of an academic career …” (more)

[Times Higher Education, 4 September]

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Motherhood After Tenure: Time and Ambitions

Posted in Life on October 1st, 2009 by steve

USA“This week I’m teaching Frankenstein in a lower-level women’s literature course. Among the host of meaty issues, we discuss the ways that Mary Shelley’s novel critiques the male scientist’s obsessive and isolating pursuit of knowledge at the expense of family/romantic/community ties. At the novel’s end, Victor Frankenstein counsels the explorer, Captain Walton, to ‘seek happiness in tranquility, and avoid ambition’. I was musing on this as I read Liz Stockwell’s excellent post yesterday in which she discussed the contrast between the obsessiveness of an absent-minded researcher and the time management skills of a successful multi-tasker …” (more)

[Aeron Haynie, Inside Higher Ed, 30 September]

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