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I though you might be interested reading one of our researcher’s posts on parental leave on his Science on Toast blog.

Original post by Dr. Michael P. WeirDepartment of Physics and AstronomyThe University of Sheffield

Dr Michael P. Weir is a research associate in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, at The University of Sheffield. His blog is Science on Toast and you can find @scienceontoast on Twitter.

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us”. 

– J. R. R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of The Ring (voice of Gandalf)


Successful time management could well be the most critical challenge for research staff trying to forge ahead in the early stages of their careers. Gandalf’s words of wisdom may well have been about dealing with the looming threat of cataclysmic evil, but I don’t think many post-doctoral researchers today feel too far away from the cutting realities of the ‘publish or perish’ academic world. I’ve certainly been reminded enough times that a healthy publication record is a huge part of securing that elusive permanent academic position. Read the rest of this entry »