How to do work-life balance: learn to say “no”

I wrote a piece for the Guardian's Higher Education Network, all about the power of "no". The piece was designed particularly with early-career researchers in mind, but there might be some resonance for researchers at other stages of their careers, and maybe even more widely.I always struggle with turning down requests, which tends to make … Continue reading How to do work-life balance: learn to say “no”

Experiences in grant application failure

I think it is just as helpful to openly discuss failures alongside successes (and not just when it comes to publishing experiments), and I think that as academics, we often hide failures and rejections to avoid presenting ourselves in less attractive ways. I’m always impressed when important people (read: Professors) openly discuss their rejected papers … Continue reading Experiences in grant application failure