workload

Exploiting the new academic

I was having a conversation with a colleague recently about the changing expectations for our new hires – generally those coming in at Level A/B – and we were questioning how many of our current stars (research and/or teaching) would have met those expectations coming straight out of a PhD or a postdoc. It got…

busy

Am I really that busy?

One of my biggest challenges when teaching first year is to help students think that their opinions and questions are worthwhile – that it doesn’t matter if there are 400 other students in the class, that they should still ask questions and talk to me when they want to. However, getting them to feel comfortable…

HERDSA 2011 – day four

The last day of a conference is always rather quiet – people are already heading home, and after days of listening to talks, your brain becomes rather saturated. Today was only a half day, with a smaller number of streams, and the final key note – and unusually, many of the participants stayed through to…