I’m Senior Lecturer in English Literature & Cultural History at Liverpool John Moores University, and I specialise in histories of women, gender, and feminism in Britain from the Victorian period to the present day, as well as in neo-victorianism, and contemporary women’s writing. I’m the author of The Widow: A Literary & Cultural History (LUP, 2017). I’m an AHRC/ BBC New Generation Thinker and have made broadcasts about my research on widows in Britain for BBC Radio’3 Free Thinking and The Essay. As part of the scheme, I recently made my first short documentary film – Women & Weeds – for BBC Arts, which will be available online from 1 April 2016.
Tagged: higher education
An anonymous blogger shares their experiences of being discriminated against and bullied due to their mental health issues. Is mental illness nothing more than an inconvenient expense for university departments?
This post reflects on the issues surrounding supporting students’ wellbeing, especially academic workload, the unequal division of emotional labour, and the lack of appropriate training for those involved in pastoral care. It also offers five main strategies that can help support your students’ wellbeing and provide good pastoral care.
Lucy R. Hinnie talks about her journey to and through self-funded part-time study and the challenges and benefits it brings.
In this post I reflect the ways in which we normalise and internalise potentially harmful levels of stress in academia, and how many of us are led to believe that if we’re not stressed we’re not doing our job right.
An early-career academic writes about their struggles with depression and chronic anxiety.
A blog post I wrote for Jobs.ac.uk on making yourself employable during your PhD, particularly for a career in academia.
6 March 2014, The Guardian Higher Education Network. I was invited to comment on academia and mental health for this article.