Nice new corner! Come and chat!

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NeverEverAnythingEver Sat 05-Sep-15 09:06:33

We have our new board! Calling all cademics/aspiring academics/fed-up academics - come and chat!

NeverEverAnythingEver Sat 05-Sep-15 09:07:07

Oops. What is cademics? confused

Impostersyndrome Sat 05-Sep-15 09:47:58

Hi there!

I'm a bit fed up, having missed one of my loveliest PhD student's graduation this week as I had to go to a post op stitches removal. Other than that, wondering where the summer went. I've two research projects I've kept ticking over throughout, alongside PhD and Master's supervisions, course planning, article writing... Waiting for the 'did you have a nice restful summer' from less clued up friends.

On a happier note wondering if it's fair enough to treat myself to a new outfit for my first seminar of the year. It is unseasobly cold, after all.

NeverEverAnythingEver Sat 05-Sep-15 10:00:38

I have a pile of masters' projects to mark which I have hidden under the laundry. And I'm finishing up a paper before teaching starts. But before that I'm going to take a couple of days off JUST FOR ME.

Impostersyndrome Sat 05-Sep-15 10:05:51

Time off sounds perfect. I'd managed to forget the Master's dissertations needing marking, but they can wait, right?

NeverEverAnythingEver Sat 05-Sep-15 10:35:03

I'm sure they can. I'd find out when the deadlines are, and then factor in time off. smile

NeverEverAnythingEver Sat 05-Sep-15 10:35:56

I'm mostly working from home until teaching starts and am happily planning stuff I can have for lunch without having kids moaning about what they don't like. smile smile

miaowroar Sat 05-Sep-15 10:37:44

How academic do you have to be to join this corner? confused

Impostersyndrome Sat 05-Sep-15 11:26:26

I'd like to say Come and join us, but, who am I to be setting the rules about joining?

(But I hope we won't have people starting threads to complain about low contact hours... It helps we're in the work threads, rather than education)

But do come on in!

NeverEverAnythingEver Sat 05-Sep-15 15:39:13

I would say "academic" as in people who have an interest in working in academia rather than "relating to scholarly performance", as they so nicely put it in thefreedictionary.com. grin

Impostersyndrome Sat 05-Sep-15 16:33:36

Perhaps Mumsnet might rename this Academic Common Room to avoid further confusion?

goblinhat Sat 05-Sep-15 16:50:38

I think we need more definition of the exclusivity of this thread.

Having worked in "academia" for many years I am aware of those who make a self definition of being an "academic".

A tip from the top however- there is a big wide world out there. Existing within these dusty towers for so long can limit your understanding - even of basic word meanings.

So unless your goal was to start an inclusive "clever club" I suggest you re-name this thread.

NeverEverAnythingEver Sat 05-Sep-15 17:01:47

I don't quite understand what you mean goblin.

I think the aim was that people who work in academia, or people who used to work in academia, or people who want to work in academia, could chat about work issue that arise in academia. It is not about being "clever".

I have no objection to a more descriptive name!

NeverEverAnythingEver Sat 05-Sep-15 17:04:58

Perhaps we should be in Education under some sort of "staff room" type name?

Impostersyndrome Sat 05-Sep-15 17:17:05

I've just reported my own posting on the Site Stuff thread: I think this should be renamed something less ambiguous, as neverever just said. 'Academic Common Room' was my suggestion above, which chimes well with your idea of an equivalent to 'staff room'.

miaowroar Sat 05-Sep-15 17:21:41

There already is a Staff Room though. sad

Impostersyndrome Sat 05-Sep-15 17:26:00

That's my point miaowroar: 'staff room' for school teachers and 'academic common room' for university teachers.

Impostersyndrome Sat 05-Sep-15 17:26:37

... ... And researchers, etc.

goblinhat Sat 05-Sep-15 17:27:31

never- I totally understand why you chose the name- it's simply that outside of academia, the term "academic" has a slightly different meaning.

Being " academic" is often synonymous with being intelligent or clever, not some educational engagement.

NeverEverAnythingEver Sat 05-Sep-15 17:28:05

Someone will object to "Academic". sad And I thought "Academics' Corner" with that apostrophe means that it's unambiguously a Corner for Academics, but apparently I'm wrong. confused

Impostersyndrome Sat 05-Sep-15 17:28:17

goblin it is MNHQ who named the board, not the OP

NeverEverAnythingEver Sat 05-Sep-15 17:28:31

xpost goblin.

NeverEverAnythingEver Sat 05-Sep-15 17:29:01

No, I didn't name the board.

To have such power!

miaowroar Sat 05-Sep-15 17:29:48

Oh, I see - higher or further education - or both? So the current staff room is for primary and secondary teachers (like me)?

NeverEverAnythingEver Sat 05-Sep-15 17:30:06

I do know the several meanings of "academic". smile

I thought "academics" is not so ambiguous.

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