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It's been a while...

Well, this year has been quite the rollercoaster.  I hadn't realised how long it had been since a proper blog post and its *about time* I gathered my thoughts over work, knit design and lockdown. University work has been full of strange high and low points.  For the first time in my professional life, I went on strike to support the UCU in tackling the  four fights  of pay, workload, equality and casualisation.  Like thousands of early career researchers, I manage a patchwork of hourly paid gigs and wanted to do something to highlight how difficult this makes any kind of planning and progress (for individuals and institutions).  The strike then rolled into quarantine and I spent a frantic day back in Edinburgh College of Art, preparing to provide online teaching and support for the final seminars of the year.  Students got lots of email support and the marking season was upon us. Research work gathered pace during this time - and I found myself in a strange position where I w

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