Why your rented home is so energy inefficient, and why this matters…

The issue of home ownership is back in the news at the moment in the UK in the run up to the general election. Politicians are outlining their plans to deal with a lack of affordable homes against increasing demand. Like nearly 5 million other families in the UK, my family and I privately rent our home having never been in […]

5 Reasons why Paperpile is my new reference manager of choice

Those of you who may have been following this blog for some time will realise that I am a bit of a reference manager geek. I have used pretty much every platform available including Endnote, Mendeley, Papers 3, Sente and Readcube whilst writing posts on my previous tools of choice, Zotero and Papership. For the […]

Grading Assessments on the iPad with Turnitin

Last week I finally completed marking and grading the assessments from the previous semester courses that I manage. In total I read more that 1.2 million words across a range of assignments from level 4 (first year undergraduates) to level 7 (Masters students. This bi-annual assessment hell was this year eased slightly be the use […]

Are MOOCs the new evening classes?

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are big news at the moment. It seems that nearly every week there is a news item or blog post variously describing them as the future of, or replacement for, traditional university eduction. However this view may be missing the point. What if the real power of MOOCs is simply […]

Manage research papers on the go with PaperShip

Regular readers will be aware that I am always seeking out new technology to assist with the day-to-day job of research and teaching. One of the most time-consuming tasks, at least for me, is the management of my research library but PaperShip – a new IOS app for managing research papers on the iPad and […]

The Academic ‘Career’ is dead. Long live the Academic Career!

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 loosing 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 […]