Category Archives: university

Les Back on the PhD Viva

One of my favourite books is Les Back’s open access Academic Diary. I’ve posted some links to it before. Les’ book is a collection of short pieces about various aspects of academic life. This week I examined a PhD thesis, … Continue reading

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The history (and future) of sociology at Goldsmiths

As part of their 50th anniversary celebrations the sociology department at Goldsmiths have been posting various items about their history. They have just posted this really interesting exchange on the history if the department. The exchange involves a range of … Continue reading

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New blog for Sociology at York

A little while ago my department set up a blog, this has now been replaced with a redesigned and updated site. It can be accessed here. The new site contains information about the sociology department at York, with information on … Continue reading

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Social Science Research Questions & Methodological Challenges in the 21st Century

The University of Sheffield are hosting a seminar series over the coming months on the topic of ‘Social Science Research Questions and Methodological Challenges in the 21st Century’. The seminars will take place in the ICOSS building and are being … Continue reading

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A third review of Punk Sociology

It’s been great to see people using blogs and the like to respond to Punk Sociology. A third review has just been published on Tracey Yeadon-Lee’s blog (I posted about the previous two reviews here and here). I understand that a … Continue reading

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The risks of academic blogging

On his blog Sam Burgum provides some thoughts about the risks of academic blogging. I’ve posted a quite few times in the past about academic blogging, but Sam focuses here on his experiences of using his blog. These experiences include … Continue reading

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Predicting the future success of researchers and their research…academic moneyball

A bit of a scary article on the LSE Impact blog. It is a piece about using various metrics to predict which academics will achieve future success, and also to predict which journal articles will be most successful. The idea … Continue reading

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