By Paul Clifton. I have a friend, let’s call her Helen.
Helen recently completed a PhD and is now in the post-post-post doc stage of the academic wilderness. Helen is not a scientist, so her academic life now consists entirely of three-month sessional contracts and guest lectures (most of which are unpaid). If you have done this for any stretch of time you will know it’s not a great way to make a living. The November to February non-teaching months are particularly hard. Just when everyone else is out shopping, your wallet is empty. More...