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Young academics: The great betrayal. Supporters of the status quo in higher education are about as common as authentic autographs from Abu Qatada.

Young academics: The great betrayal

Yet I am not sure many of those who have attacked successive governments for the short-sightedness of their policies are aware of how systemic the problems are. Academia. The Thesis Whisperer verb cheat sheet.pdf. 10 Scientific Ideas That Scientists Wish You Would Stop Misusing. 70 useful sentences for academic writing. Back in the late 90s, in the process of reading for my MA dissertation, I put together a collection of hundreds of sentence frames that I felt could help me with my academic writing later on.

70 useful sentences for academic writing

And they did. Immensely. After the course was over, I stacked my sentences away, but kept wondering if I could ever put them to good use and perhaps help other MA / PhD students. The Vitae Field Guide to Draw Your Professor—the newish site that allows students to … well, yeah, you can figure this out—captures the biodiversity of homo pedagogicus in all its splendor and glory.

The Vitae Field Guide to

But with more than 1,200 drawings currently on the site, you’ve got to sift through a lot of smiley-faced stick figures to get to the good stuff. Lucky for you, we’ve created a field guide to the masterworks you’re most likely to spot: The Secret Shame of the Scholarly Writer. Academic writing is a craft—a set of practices that can be learned and should be shared.

The Secret Shame of the Scholarly Writer

Yet for generations we have wrapped academic writing in mystery and shamed those who struggle with it. Communications From Elsewhere. 1. Fellini and Marxist capitalism “Sexual identity is intrinsically unattainable,” says Bataille; however, according to Finnis[1] , it is not so much sexual identity that is intrinsically unattainable, but rather the collapse, and thus the fatal flaw, of sexual identity. Wilson[2] suggests that the works of Fellini are empowering. However, the primary theme of Geoffrey’s[3] analysis of the constructivist paradigm of discourse is a mythopoetical whole. The main theme of the works of Smith is the role of the writer as poet. If one examines textual neocapitalist theory, one is faced with a choice: either accept Marxist capitalism or conclude that sexuality, perhaps paradoxically, has significance.

“Class is dead,” says Baudrillard. If one examines the constructivist paradigm of discourse, one is faced with a choice: either reject textual neocapitalist theory or conclude that sexual identity has intrinsic meaning. 2. Von Ludwig[11] states that the works of Smith are postmodern. The Virtual Academic. Welcome!

The Virtual Academic

To see a random sentence, just click the "generate" button below, and Pootwattle, our Virtual Academic(TM), will write one for you. You may generate as many random sentences as you can stand. If you're the do-it-yourself type, you may write your own instead. Special bonus! Sundays only! <p>We're sorry, but the Virtual Academic uses javascript, which is currently disabled in your browser. Questions? Crowdfunding Platform for Scientific Research. Academic Phrasebank.

How Sociologists Made Themselves Irrelevant. Early in 2014, President Obama announced a new initiative, My Brother’s Keeper, aimed at alleviating the problems of black youth.

How Sociologists Made Themselves Irrelevant

Not only did a task force appointed to draw up the policy agenda not include a single professional sociologist, but I could find no evidence that any sociologist was even consulted in the critical first three months of the group’s work, summarized in a report to the president, despite the enormous amount of work sociologists have done on poverty and the problems of black youth. Sadly, this situation is typical because sociologists have become distant spectators rather than shapers of policy. Conditionally Accepted. Academic Kindness. When I first met the professor who would be working through a research project, my BA and now MA I didn’t remember his name right a way.

Academic Kindness

Whereas he learnt my name and said hello the day after the second class. When that happened I thought to myself that I should pay attention to him. One year later he asked me to join his research group, where I not only learn to love research but met wonderful people. He was a great boss, always available to talk, worried that the BA students where learning and producing something by themselves and not only collecting data (something very common in my university). He took me to seminars in other universities, introduced me to important professors in the area and so on. A Glossary of Gestures for Critical Discussion.

Dark thoughts: why mental illness is on the rise in academia. Mental health problems are on the rise among UK academics amid the pressures of greater job insecurity, constant demand for results and an increasingly marketised higher education system.

Dark thoughts: why mental illness is on the rise in academia

University counselling staff and workplace health experts have seen a steady increase in numbers seeking help for mental health problems over the past decade, with research indicating nearly half of academics show symptoms of psychological distress. "Culture of acceptance" A recent blog on the Guardian Higher Education Network blog, which highlighted a "culture of acceptance" in universities around mental health issues, has received an unprecedented response, pointing to high levels of distress among academics.