Guest Post: When it’s not just students who plagiarize (via Tenure, She Wrote)

A thoughtful blog post on plagiarism among academics.

Tenure, She Wrote

Today’s guest post is by Tenured but Disillusioned, an Associate Professor at a R1 Institution in North America.

All course instructors have academic integrity statements on their syllabi. Unfortunately, dealing with students who have plagiarized is one of the worst parts of teaching. But it’s not just students (usually undergraduates but occasionally graduates) who can—and do—plagiarize. Two colleagues plagiarized my work. One of them plagiarized twice. Although these events happened a number of years ago, I still have knots in my stomach just thinking about it.

“Bob” was an Assistant Professor a few years ahead of me on the tenure clock. He was good friends with the chair of our department. Bob and Chair applied for a large grant from a major funding agency. Their application garnered interest, but the reviewers wanted them to elaborate some aspects of their proposal. Because I was an expert in several of these areas…

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Re-appropriating Value(s) in Higher Education, 25th June, University of Manchester

Full details are available at

Places are limited, so if you are interested please register via the BSA website ( sooner rather than later.

Re-appropriating Value(s) in Higher Education

Despite years of investment into widening participation agendas, marginalised persons, whether in terms of class, gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality or disability, remain ‘devalued’ (Skeggs and Loveday 2012) owing to systems and structures of Higher Education. Reappropriating Value(s) will be a day of discussion and will bring together various academics and practitioners whose work speaks towards, or takes direct action against these practices.


9:30-10:15: Registration (tea/coffee)
10:15-10:30: Welcome and introduction to the day
Morning Session: Re-appropriating Values (theoretically and empirically)

10:30-11:15: Keynote 1

Dr Stephanie Lawler: ‘We’ve been framed!’ Value, social magic and symbolic power
11:15-12:15: Panel 1

Jessie Abrahams: Honourable Mobility or Shameless Entitlement? Social class and graduate employment
Rashida Bibi: “I understand how the world works much better”: British South Asian Muslim women and experiences of Higher Education
Hilary Stewart: Disability, Symbolic Capitals and the Psychosocial
12:15-12:45: Discussion with keynote and panel

12:45-1:45: Lunch (provided)
Afternoon Session: Re-appropriating Values (politically, practically, pragmatically)

1:45-2:30: Keynote 2

Prof. Tracy Shildrick and Prof. Rob McDonald: ‘Fat Cat Sociology’ Revisited: the pressures and possibilities of ‘public sociology’ and ‘real world’ research impact
2:30-3:30 Panel 2

Ruth Pearce: Academia as Redistribution: A Challenge to Sociologists
Victoria Armstrong: Introducing Mad Studies…
Dr Lisa McKenzie: ‘Beyond Capital’: The value of academic work
3:30-4:00 Discussion with keynote and panel

4:00-5:00 Closing Comments & Ways Forward
5:00-6:30 Wine Reception and further discussion
6:30 Meal and more drinks for those interested

Workshop: Introduction to PhotoVoice – 3rd June

methods@manchester and artsmethods@manchester are delighted to present this course, introducing PhotoVoice and the key ways in which the methodology is implemented.

3rd June, 9:30-5pm

The course will include:

• Introduction to PhotoVoice • Examples of PhotoVoice projects • Project design and delivery • Use of PhotoVoice for different projects • Workshop design and engagement • Consent, captioning and ethical considerations • Ongoing communications and campaigning activities • Open discussion

Booking required at

Price: Free

Repost: “I’m an adjunct who also works in a grocery store” by Matt Debenham (via Buzzfeed)

(An interesting post on one American academic’s experiences working in the US higher education system.) 


The day in January I brought my job application back to the grocery store, I assumed I’d just be dropping it off, but the manager, Scott, wanted to look it over with me standing right there. He read through my work experience on the front. I hadn’t worked retail since college, but I’d had management experience in the private sector. Then he turned the paper over and I watched his eyes move across the hours available section.

“Lots of availability,” he said, nodding. “That’s good.”

“The only times I can’t do are daytime Monday, Tuesday nights, and then late afternoon Thursdays.”

Scott flipped the application over again, looked at my info, then back up at me. “How many hours are you hoping for?”

I was teaching two three-credit undergraduate courses at one college near my home in Connecticut and a three-credit class at another, along with a private writing workshop Tuesday nights. I also write weekly reviews for a TV website and do private editing work when it’s available. I’m 44 years old. My wife and I have two teenagers. The town we live in is one of the most expensive in the country.

“As many as you can give me,” I said.

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Event: “Researcher Parent Trap” – 24th June

Wednesday 24th June, 2015 – 13:15 – 16:00, Roscoe Building Lecture Theatre A

Click on this link to book your place:

Parenthood can be a challenging time for anyone, but what if you’re an early career researcher? How can you ensure your career plans stay on track whilst raising a family? This information session is aimed at early career researchers at The University of Manchester that have or are planning to start a family. The event will cover talks from:

  • Karen Scoresby (HR Policy Manager) Policies and procedures for expectant and existing parents
  • Helen Ryder (Athena Swan Coordinator/E&D Advisor) What is the Athena Swan, why does it affect you and where you choose to work?
  • Sarah Mohammad-Qureshi (EPS Researcher Development Officer) Support at the University – the STDU ‘Peer Support Group for Staff Returning from Maternity/Paternity and Adoption Leave’
  • Katie Perry (C.E. The Daphne Jackson Trust) Resuming your research after a career break

We have also put together a collection of Real Researchers’ Stories from parents who are currently working in academia, as well as ex-researchers that have moved into non-academic careers.

Please note: to ensure the event keeps to time, we will not be receiving live questions for Karen Scoresby on the day. To ask Karen a question regarding University policies and procedures, please email in advance of this session, Karen will aim to answer as many questions as possible.

UoM Internal Vacancy: Research Services Librarian – closing date 02 June

We have an internal vacancy in our Scholarly Communications team that is suitable for someone without library experience.


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The University of Manchester Library is one of only five National Research Libraries and the third largest academic library in the UK. Our vast and rich collections (both print and increasingly digital) help us to deliver a world-class library and information service for The University of Manchester. While our primary objective is to meet the learning, teaching and research needs of University members, we are also fully committed to widening access to our services to individual researchers, local schools and others in the regional community.

unemployment-rate-creative-commonsWe are seeking to fill a research support role within the Library’s Scholarly Communications team. The team provides support for Manchester eScholar and advice on Open Access, processes APC requests and promotes the use of new tools within the publication lifecycle. You will have a good understanding of Open Access, an awareness of scholarly communication developments and experience of communicating with researchers, ideally including development and delivery of training for researchers. Experience of carrying out academic research will be an advantage in this role.

As an equal opportunities employer, we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons. However, as black and minority ethnic (BME)/male candidates are currently under-represented at this level in this area, we would particularly welcome applications from BME/male applicants. All appointments will be made on merit.

Hours & Place of Work

Normal working hours are 35 hours per week

This post is based primarily in the Main Library, Oxford Road. However, all Library employees are required to work at any Library site, as necessary.

All Library staff are required to wear an identity badge.


Post-doc opportunity: London College of Fashion (0.4) – Apply by 28th May

Job opportunity!


Colleagues may be interested in this post or know someone who might be so do please circulate.

Reina Lewis, Professor of Cultural Studies at the London College of Fashion, is recruiting a part time (0.4) postdoctoral research assistant to support her research work in the area of religion and fashion, and gender and sexuality studies (salary: £32,406- £39,798 pro rata pa.).

This post, two years fixed term, is open for applications now. The closing date is 28/05/2015 23:55.

Particulars and instructions on how to apply can be found here:

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