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My Academic Diary: Ana Canhoto

My alarm went off at 6h30m. I confess that it was really hard to get out of bed as I had stayed up until around midnight on Sunday… working. What was I doing, you ask? Well, I was preparing for a meeting on Monday, and answering students’ queries about their assignment, which is due on […]

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My Academic Diary: Salma Patel

7:00 – My body awakes naturally around 7am. I usually wake up earlier (especially in the summer) but I recently invested in blackout blinds as well as blackout curtains, which means I can sleep past 6am, which is great. Like many I suspect, my hand goes straight for my phone. In an attempt to fully […]

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My Academic Diary: A Partial Night in the Life of a T1D Parent

By Amy Levine Friends and family usually send more messages of concern about our proximity to North Korea. The trickle of concern breaks open into a stream and this is one of those times. Yet this time is different because Trump is an untrusted wild card. As my family I make contingency plans about leaving […]

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My Academic Diary: Helen Kara

Helen KaraIndependent Researcher 7 am. Woken by my cat who wants his breakfast. Half an hour of yoga, a shower, and some breakfast of my own, then the micro-commute to my garden office and I’m at my desk by 8. Twitter is humming and I chat with friends, retweet interesting articles, and catch up on the news. […]

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My Academic Diary: Jana Bacevic

Jana BacevicPhD researcherUniversity of Cambridge 7.05 I open my eyes. Over the past year, I’ve rarely been woken up by alarm clocks. The luxury of waking up naturally is a consequence of the decision I have made about a year and half ago – to do a PhD in sociology. However, I am hardly what […]

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My Academic Diary: Mark Carrigan

Mark CarriganDigital FellowThe Sociological Review 7:00am I drag myself out of bed, quietly bemoaning the fact that my holiday is over. I remind myself of my upcoming deadlines. They’re entirely manageable but there is a big pile of books I need to read by mid-September if I’m going to make good on my commitments to […]

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My Academic Diary: Jon Rainford

Jon Rainford Doctoral researcherSchool of Education Staffordshire University Sitting in the canteen of the University that employs me, I begin to write this diary entry. It is not yet 8:30 and I haven’t started work officially and yet today, as most days I have been on campus for the past two hours. My usual company during this […]

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My Academic Diary: Jenni Brooks

Dr Jenni Brooks Senior Lecturer in Sociology Department of Psychology, Sociology and Politics Sheffield Hallam University Friday 6th May 2016 8.45am I have missed my train. After six years of commuting between Sheffield and York I had a routine which (almost) never failed, but now I do this journey once a month at most, and […]

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My Academic Diary: Michael B. Munnik

Michael B. Munnik Lecturer in Social Science Theories and MethodsCardiff University I spend a lot of time reading stuff – in my case, about Muslims, the media, Britain and Scotland. This year, I’ve had to return to classics of social theory to prepare notes for my Masters-level course on qualitative research, which I taught for the […]

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My Academic Diary: Jackie Goode

Fieldwork diary. On a project investigating the intra-household distribution of income in families reliant on (in-work and out-of-work) benefits, I am to interview partners separately. The ‘sample’ was spread all over the UK. I ‘clustered’ them geographically to fit in as many as possible in a week. I was away all week for a period […]

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My Academic Diary: An Anonymous Member of the Academic Precariat

I am what some call a ‘portfolio worker’, a ridiculous managerial term referring to those who make up their working week with a variety of different jobs. In my case, I work part-time as a university tutor, and part-time as a researcher. There are also significant elements of my ‘portfolio’ that I undertake ‘voluntarily’: a […]

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My Academic Diary: Mark Carrigan

5:45am: Wake up refreshed with the sun rising outside. It’s just a little bit too early though, as much as I need a long day of work. I pick up the Road, which I fell asleep before finishing last night, completing it before falling back to sleep for a bit. 8:15am: Wake up again, confusingly […]

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My Academic Diary: Michaela Benson

By Michaela Benson In this audio academic diary, our Managing Editor Michaela Benson reflects on her fieldwork experiences with the Brexit Brits Abroad project. Carrying out live sociology on such a fast-moving topic poses particular challenges, calling for reflection on the rhythms and routines of our scholarship. Originally posted 15th November 2017.

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My Academic Diary: Welcome Week

By Les Back To mark the start of the academic year, we are reproducing Welcome Week from Les Back’s Academic Diary. If you’d like to submit your own academic diary entry, please contact mark@markcarrigan.net. Just a few weeks after graduation the new intake of students arrives for induction or what used to be called ‘Freshers’ and is now […]

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My Academic Diary: Sadia Habib

Sadia HabibDoctoral ResearcherDepartment of EducationGoldsmiths, University of London Pre – Submission – Tuesday 3rd May In the week leading up to submission, I was as relaxed as one can be, as I had paced my final edits over the last few weeks.  Now quite tired of reading the material over and over again (although I […]

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