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How to be an Academic : The thesis whisperer reveals all, Paperback / softback Book

How to be an Academic : The thesis whisperer reveals all Paperback / softback


Welcome to the world of university academics, where the Academic Hunger Games, fuelled by precarious employment conditions, is the new reality aEURO" a perpetual jostle for short-term contracts and the occasional plum job.

But Inger Mewburn is here to tell you that life needn't be so grim.

A veteran of the university aEURO~gig economy', Mewburn aEURO" aka The Thesis Whisperer aEURO" is perfectly placed to reflect on her experience and offer a wealth of practical strategies to survive and thrive.

Here, she deftly navigates the world of the working academic, from thesis and article writing and keeping motivation alive, to time management, research strategies, new technologies, applying for promotion, sexism in the workplace, writing grant applications and deciding what to wear to give a keynote address.

Constructive, inclusive, hands-on and gloves-off, How to be an Academic is a survival manual for aspiring and practising academics that will confirm that no matter what your experience in academia, you are not alone.

Sales Points: Inger's The Thesis Whisperer blog (https://thesiswhisperer.com/) and Twitter feed (@thesiswhisperer) are hugely popular; she has 31,500 Twitter followers (May 2017) Short articles are easily navigable aEURO" readers can dip in and dip out Full of examples from real people in real situations, grappling with research, teaching, committees, grant-writing and publishing, and real life Plenty of humour and a light tone make the text really enjoyable to read Despite permanent positions being hard to come by, the university sector and the PhD business are booming aEURO" so there's a huge potential readership for the book Relevant to the university academic experience internationally, and at all levels, form those starting out to those who are squarely on the track to tenure Relevant across all disciplines Emphasises the importance of diversity, as universities have traditionally been mainly white, male spaces


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 288 pages
  • Publisher: NewSouth Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Universities
  • ISBN: 9781742235073


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