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On being British

I have been looking forward to today’s elections for a long, long time. After all, it is the first time I am eligible to vote in this country that I call home. But as I read the newspaper this morning, … Continue reading

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Mental Health in Academia and the Kobayashi Maru

A blog post on the Guardian Higher Education Network seems to have hit a nerve in the academic community. The post, about how widespread mental health issues are in academia, has been widely shared and as I first read it, it felt very familiar. … Continue reading

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We Need to Talk About Syria

Or more specifically, about what the government is doing and not doing about Syria. There is no doubt that there is now a humanitarian crisis, and a civil war with no end in sight. So what is the government doing … Continue reading

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Yes I’m British. Get used to it. Fast.

I honestly thought I was done. When I received my British citizenship last year, I thought I was finally done with immigration control and all the hoops I had to cross as a foreigner. I thought that after almost 15 … Continue reading

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This Academic Wears Pink

  There is an academic I know who has, for years, had issues with me. His negative comments were endless, and his derision and condescension palpable. I thought it was just me. That there was something seriously wrong with me … Continue reading

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Outside the Home Office #Setherfree

Because of the topic of my research, I spend a lot of my time reading about depressing things. Torture Abuse Guantanamo Yarl’s Wood Control Orders/TPIMS Belmarsh Denaturalisation Immigration Bill Indefinite Detention Torture Abuse It can be hard not to lose … Continue reading

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When the Big Door Closes- New Report on Detention of Women Asylum Seekers

On Monday, a new report by Women For Refugee Women detailing the conditions of female asylum detainees was released. The report consisted of interviews with 46 women about their experiences in Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre. ‘When the big door closed it … Continue reading

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