A few months ago, I was having a WhatsApp chat with my 3 best friends. They are all incredibly talented women – one is a partner in a law firm, another an award-winning science journalist and author, another a charity policy director. Intimidating or what? The conversation was about the organisations they’ve worked for and the value of moving between different companies. One of my friends said ‘[it’s] amazing how easily you can think your organisation’s way of doing something is the best or most productive until you experience different workplaces’.
My academic career may have been entirely based in UK higher education institutions but I have had many different teaching jobs. Once in France in a class of sixty students, eighty percent of whom had no intention of learning the English I was teaching, a student set fire to her hat.
Dear UACES colleague, I hope you and your friends and family are well during these troubling and uncertain times. It has been great to see that the UACES community has remained as vibrant and supportive as ever online and on Social Media as colleagues have adapted to the realities of teaching, researching and staying in […]
In February and March 2020, I had the opportunity to join the Institut Barcelona d’Estudis Internacionals (IBEI) as a NORTIA early career residency researcher from the University of Leuven.
Diana Potjomkina visited ARENA Centre for European Studies at the University of Oslo in the framework of a NORTIA Early-career Researcher Residency in January-March 2020.
The third virtual coffee meeting encouraged our community to talk about the current work-life balance everyone is experiencing. We hope that everyone keeps going to maintaining a good work-life balance as it works best for each of you.
To respond to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, we at UACES wanted to bring our community together. And we went the same way everyone is going right now: online. The second virtual coffee meeting encouraged our community to talk about their mental health and how to look after it while working from home. Different perspectives were […]
To respond to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, we at UACES wanted to bring our community together. And we went the same way everyone is going right now: online. We created virtual coffee meetings to offer our community a space in which everyone can exchange experiences and ideas relating to a topic. We kicked-off with online […]
Dr Rachael Dickson, University of Birmingham The move to online teaching across higher education due to Coronavirus comes with many challenges. There are new platforms and technologies to master, changes to assessment and delivery methods, and how to keep the dog/cat/children from invading your camera space. One thing that is concerning many of us, is […]
Dear UACES colleague, This is my first column as Chair since the UK’s departure from the EU. I am sure for many of you, particularly those based in the UK, this was a day of reflection and contemplation. My sentiments on the day were of sadness as I considered what the UK’s exit meant to […]