The role and place of the academic is changing – and it's a good thing

The academic career is dead. There, I've said it. Over the last few years I have been trying to build an academic career, in the process losing sight of why I became an academic in the first place. I decided to take stock and consider what an academic career really is and have come to the conclusion that the traditional notion is outdated and potentially at odds with the philosophy of academia.

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The Cloud Academic: Part 2


In my last post I set myself the challenge of seeing whether I could survive in my job and undertake my daily duties using only online, free, 
cloud based software programmes. I asked whether this was practical on a day to day basis? and could a busy academic really perform all of the duties expected of them using only free, online web programmes? In this follow up post I examine the available software solutions and decide which I will use before beginning the process of moving my files and data to the cloud…

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The Cloud Academic: Part 1

There has been a fundamental shift in the way in which we work as academics. No longer are we tied to our desks, hard wired internet/intranet connections or dusty collections of texts and papers. It is now possible, and in some cases desirable and more productive, to work from home, from libraries, in the field, from coffee shops, anywhere that has a wireless internet connection – even bars…

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What has Nature ever done for Projects?

Following the release last week of Tony Juniper’s new book ‘What has nature ever done for us?’, I have been reflecting on this question from a project management perspective. Here I argue that project managers should consider the contribution of the natural environment to projects, alongside the projects impact on nature. In doing so project managers can reduce risk, increase efficiently and gain competitive advantage. 

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Reflections on Academic Blogging

Today I noticed that my previous blog post on ‘How to manage a research library with Zotero’ had made it onto the LSE Impact of Social Sciences most popular blogs of the year list. I am of course delighted by this, but also feel a little guilty as it has been close to three months since my last post here. I thought I would take the hint and take a few minutes to reflect on why I started this blog in the first place, what I have got out of it, and what I want it to be going forward…

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