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I’m an unethical investment, get me out of here!

I have to admit to being disappointed by my University’s stance on divestment. The story continues to murmur on a fortnight after the decision was announced.   I actually tend to … Continue reading

May 25, 2015 · Leave a comment

Why being a professor is NOT like running a small business

This week, Professor Alice Gast, President of Imperial College, London, reiterated a tired old comparison between academics/professors and small business owners. In a proposition I have heard from many academics, … Continue reading

April 18, 2015 · 2 Comments

The Myth of the Meritocratic Grant System

On twitter I recently came across this petition against the University of Warwick. Apparently the University of Warwick is “undertaking a series of redundancy exercises predicated on the notion … Continue reading

November 30, 2014 · 1 Comment

My 5 Secrets of Success

Originally posted on Win More Grants:
You will pay good money for books and workshops on how to be a success — in business, in life, in everything.   For…

August 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

“Destroy awe for Authority…”

I used to deliver the opening lecture of a core course to our honours students.  I thought it worthwhile to present some ideas on the role of tertiary education.  I … Continue reading

May 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

If grant selection were random, could you tell?

Originally posted on Win More Grants:
(This post is based on an excerpt from one of the “Tips for Managers” sections in  Win More Grants eBook available on Amazon for free,…

April 14, 2014 · 3 Comments

Six ways to better “followership” in academia

After my last blog entry espousing the benefits of “followership” in academia, a few people asked me to explain what followership actually entails. So, here are 6 things you might … Continue reading

August 19, 2013 · Leave a comment