New Resource: Questions for Academic Job Interviews

It’s (just about) getting to the time of year when people are having job interviews for next academic year. I’ve had a few interviews over the past few years, some successful and some not, but I always found the best resources for interview preparation online. For example, an important idea that I took away from…

How I plan

I didn’t mean to make this a week of “How-To” blog posts, but somehow it has become one! Soon after I published my post “How I Write a Lecture“, Ellie Mackin posted my contribution to her “How I Plan” series of interviews. If you want to know how I plan my research, you can read…

How I write a lecture

This term has involved a lot of lecture writing for me. Planning, writing and teaching two brand-new courses at the same time has been brilliant fun so far, but also lots of work. Talking to colleagues, I’ve realised that not all of us take the same approach to writing new courses – and talking to…

‘Tis the season – starting a PhD

It’s October, and the internet is full of tips for people embarking on their PhDs. I’ve seen some excellent advice over the last few days, and I wanted to gather some of this wisdom here. Everyone’s PhD experiences and circumstances are different, but hearing from those who have been through the same process before is…

Linguistics Cartoons to Bring You Luck on Friday 13th

My very clever colleague Matt is having his viva today (good luck Matt!), and he posted this Indo-European cartoon to illustrate the occasion. (Killing a dragon is of course the linguists’ version of the famous viva “snake fight”, just FYI.) You can see more of Christina Skelton’s great cartoons on Linear B and Indo-European over…

My New Job at the University of Exeter

I am very pleased to announce officially that I will be joining the University of Exeter from September 2016 as a Lecturer in Classics. I’m thrilled to be joining such a great department, where I’ll be working with scholars whose work I admire very┬ámuch. Already everyone has been incredibly friendly and welcoming, and we already…