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🐝 #AgonyAunt ☀️#ResearcherSafety Today's #ResearchTip Academic skills https://t.co/dK0yZZ7Ot9 🦋🦋💙🦋💙 #PregnancyLoss https://t.co/BZINq0gYbS 🌈
May 5 32 tweets 37 min read
I’ve been training people in how to peer review today.

Here are the top things they didn’t know before the class that they thought you might find helpful 🧵 #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #gradschool #PhDChat #HigherEd #ResearchTip 1. Peer reviewing is an essential research skill. And as with any skill it takes tuition, time, practice, respect and accountability to get right. The more you do it the better you’ll be.

#AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #gradschool #PhDChat #HigherEd #ResearchTip
May 4 9 tweets 2 min read
Academics! About to recommend a colleague to help someone else with their teaching, research or events? Please check first that said colleague has time and capacity to assist. And make anyone you're referring to them aware that they shouldn't be expecting anyone to work for free "_______ said you'd be able to help me with..." is the starter of so many emails I get.
When _________ is any number of academics who've not checked first if I'm willing, able or qualified to assist.
May 4 5 tweets 2 min read
Today’s #ResearchTip is if you’re applying for grants remember many funders include on their websites
- instructions for applicants
- details of existing funded projects
- FAQs
- contact person
All of these are for you to use! 😀
#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #gradschool Also if you’re seeking funding and aren’t sure what to do, seek out
- training in your uni/organisation
- support from professional bodies
- videos/guides others have shared online
- library services
- reading other people’s successful applications
- grant planning workshops
May 4 13 tweets 3 min read
This #MaternalMentalHealthWeek a reminder in Zara Ahmed’s words “people everywhere want, need and find ways to get abortions” nbcnews.com/think/amp/ncna…

Discussions, plans, or actions to ban abortion do not mean abortions don’t happen. Access to abortion and reproductive rights vary by country and state and your choices will vary based on many factors including law, finances, transportation, healthcare access, faith and culture, personal freedoms and safety. And above all else luck reproductiverights.org/maps/worlds-ab…
May 3 14 tweets 3 min read
Your regular reminder that just because people aren't posting about issues on social media it doesn't mean they don't care or aren't directly affected. They may be coping, in their own way, in places you're not privy to. Sometimes our anger with others for not sharing or responding to events as we would do isn't really about them but is about our own frustration and trauma. It's absolutely appropriate for us to attend to ourselves in these cases.
Apr 25 37 tweets 8 min read
Thinking of writing an academic book? There's been a lot of chat about academic publishing on Twitter recently. I'd like to give you some further insights into book sales based on my experiences.
First, a test. How many copies of my 3 books do you think I've sold since 2016? To help you answer the question above my 3 books are on popular topics:
The Research Companion: a practical guide for the social sciences,health and development,2nd Ed 2016
Coping With Pregnancy Loss,2018
Being Well In Academia: ways to feel stronger,safer and more connected,2020
Apr 25 7 tweets 3 min read
Today’s #ResearchTip is just because you work or study in a uni,doesn’t mean you’ll find friendships, relationships, family, or peers easy. None of us are immune to problems. Don’t put off seeking help because you’re afraid of not seeming perfect #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter IME there’s something about academia that makes us feel everyone working or studying there is somehow either immune to problems or will be very good at solving friendship, relationship or family problems. Whereas the reality is personal problems are very common.
Apr 24 5 tweets 2 min read
You know when I talk about how appalling clinicians can be in their dealings with others either in research or teaching? Well….. “top natural science degree from Cambridge”. 😂😂😂 do these clowns ever catch on to themselves? Talk about showing your whole self up in public.
Apr 23 5 tweets 3 min read
Today's #ResearchTip is referencing is not just for work you are directly quoting. If you've read a book, paper or report, or watched a podcast or someone's talk that is directly informing your work THAT needs citing too! #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #gradschool #PhDChat A lot of academics seem to believe if they're sharing other people's ideas but from their perspective, or they aren't using a quote or image directly, then this does not need crediting. It does! If you're passing off someone else's work as your own it's unfair and dishonest.
Apr 22 13 tweets 3 min read
If you've put all your conferences back in person and aren't allowing any online/remote access options then all those platitudes about EDI and changing the face of academia in response to the pandemic were just for effect, weren't they? Costly, in person events, while we are *still in a pandemic* and while staff and students are struggling with financial hardship and burnout, alongside carer responsibilities, disabilities and health issues. None of it is fair.
Apr 22 4 tweets 1 min read
When staff didn’t get online fast enough they were blamed.
When staff delivered work online they were blamed.
Now staff aren’t delivering f2f teaching and are blamed.
At what point do we recognise the upheaval of the pandemic,the efforts of staff and students, and burnout caused? Students were not supported by the government during the pandemic and all the while unis allowed staff to be blamed and shamed as exhausted people tried to keep up. Pretending to care about students now feels pretty cynical.
Apr 22 4 tweets 3 min read
Today’s #ResearchTip is if you’re writing a substantial piece of work (paper, report, book or dissertation) the help of a writing skills workshop or an editor can vastly improve your tone and messaging. #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #gradschool #MedEd #HigherEd #PhDChat A lot of us aren’t taught to write at all. And if we are taught it’s to write to a formula for a specific journal. We don’t often get taught basic writing skills, or learn from those whose job it is to communicate with clarity. Reading widely helps, too.
Feb 12 63 tweets 72 min read
Today’s #ResearchTip is a reminder that badmouthing is a distressing and destructive form of bullying we need to be alert to in academia. What is it? Find out in the thread ⬇️ #AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #gradschool #HigherEd #MedEd #PhDChat #PhDHelp What is badmouthing? It’s when
- untrue
- unkind
- unfounded
information or rumours about a person are shared by one or more individuals, behind the person being badmouthed’s back.
#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #gradschool #HigherEd #MedEd #PhDChat #PhDHelp
Feb 12 11 tweets 3 min read
Drug use among students and staff, particularly when self medicating because of the stressors caused/worsened by universities undoubtedly need addressing. Am unsure if/how this proposed plan will centre or undo damage caused by unis themselves. At this point we have few comprehensive, inclusive or accessible #AcademicMentalHealth policies or practices. We need universities to recognise the role they play in making or maintaining situations. And we need better care and support for exhausted students and staff.
Feb 10 6 tweets 4 min read
Universities that expect #MentalHealth sessions for students and staff but do not have any budget to pay for this are truly showing how little they value safety and wellbeing. #AcademicChatter #AcademicMentalHealth #AcademicTwitter #gradschool #HigherEd #PhDChat #MedEd I am asked on a daily basis to write and deliver talks on #AcademicMentalHealth, usually with a matter of days or a week’s notice. With the assumption I can provide this service either for free or a very low fee. It’s a big 🚩 #AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter #HigherEd
Jan 29 6 tweets 2 min read
And all the while ignoring the inequalities and poverty many costal communities live with. Including damage caused by those with second (or third) homes by the sea. One of these “upmarket” seaside towns is near me and I can promise it is under resourced, at risk of being underwater in the near future, and not the trendy haven for your weekend bolt hole the Telegraph would have you believe
Jan 29 22 tweets 5 min read
Today’s #ResearchTip is we’re at the stage in the pandemic where compassion fatigue is really showing itself. This may affect teaching, supervision, research, mentoring and #PastoralCare It’s understandable, but may not be immediately obvious.
#AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter What are the signs of compassion fatigue?
Your appetite, sleep or concentration may be affected.
You could feel exhausted (mentally and physically), dizzy or sick.
It may be difficult to be sympathetic to others, especially those you think are making a fuss without good reason
Jan 28 5 tweets 2 min read
Today’s #ResearchTip is people are not always going to be ready for, interested in, or able to accept your research or training proposals. You can keep offering but always look for other sources and opportunities to build, grow and disseminate.
#AcademicChatter #AcademicTwitter Most of the time if people aren’t ready for your research ideas it’s not personal. It’s because of lack of funds, overwork, stress, or topics that you know are crucial not being perceived as so necessary to others. It’s why you may need to keep trying and reminding.
Jan 27 15 tweets 5 min read
Today’s #ResearchTip is we all know it’s wrong if supervisors say “suffering is a badge of honour for a PhD”. But PhDs regularly tell each other suffering’s an inevitable part of a doctorate. Stopping them - or others - seeking help.
#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter #gradschool So suffering should not be a badge of honour OR an inevitable part of doing a #PhD
Sometimes it will be challenging. But it should also have high points. If you are struggling without help or being made unwell or unhappy by your peers, supervisor or PI - ask for help!
Jan 4 32 tweets 15 min read
Observations on academia as we move into another term impacted by the pandemic
- everyone is exhausted, lots are fearful about the coming months
- unis are still not attending to student/staff need
- wellbeing isn't understood in terms of work/teaching practices
#AcademicTwitter - accommodations students and staff are entitled to have still not been met
- the impact of Long Covid is barely recognised
- staff and student concerns about Covid-19 safety are being ignored
- many conflicting messages re: health and safety
#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter
Nov 15, 2021 38 tweets 15 min read
This #AntiBullyingWeek let’s talk about bullying in academia. We know it happens. Many of us have witnessed it or been targeted directly. Here’s a thread I’ll add to with things you may not know. Feel free to join in and ask for or offer help
#AcademicTwitter #AcademicChatter When I started researching academic bullying I assumed most victims would be young and junior in universities and bullies would be older and senior. While this can be the case it’s possible for anyone working or studying in academia to be a victim or a bully. #AntiBullyingWeek