ABOUT ME

 

I’m a research student at a UK University, and I’m also qualified as an engineer. I like to write about science, engineering and feminism, with a bit of current affairs thrown in for good measure. So what I’m saying is that I write about anything I want, but mainly the first three.  I try to post at least twice a week, and I always make sure that the site is current and relevant, even when I’m snowed under (or, especially when I am, as it’s an excellent procrastination tool).  All views, opinions and experiences described on this site are my own and not representative of any university, workplace or other institution that I’m connected with.

I’ve also written a little bit about my experiences of hanging around with fellow skeptics, including my time at QEDcon.

I write about the highs and lows of my chosen career(s). I really like the nature of my work, designing amazing things and collaborating with others.  Unfortunately it’s not all sunshine and rainbows, and there are a few ranty posts included here, too. It would be wrong to paint a picture of engineering / academia that only tells one half of the story.

I’ve lived in my current city for a long time now and so you’ll probably see many posts about how the city is evolving. I did both my degrees here, and have never lived away from here since. I like to see how the environment changes, people come and go, and how we are all interlinked. The city makes the people and the people make the city. Neither can exist without the other.

About the ads on this site:

First of all, the ads that I select are related to the content of the blog, so hopefully you won’t be viewing a load of irrelevant rubbish. I’m using Google AdSense (via the Quick Adsense plugin) and Amazon Associates. I have more control over the Amazon links as I can choose individual products to promote.

As you will soon read in one of my upcoming blog posts, I don’t receive any funding from the University or the government to study my topic. I rely on my part-time job, and grants and loans from educational charities. The grants that I can apply for are very competitive, and are often limited in the amount that can be offered. Essentially there are a lot of people all wanting a slice of a very small pie.There are no guarantees, and there is a good chance that I won’t receive any of the funding that I apply for. Loans aren’t much better – I may get refused, and it’s still something that has to be paid back. The advertising on this site goes towards paying for my tuition fees, study equipment, and food. It probably won’t make a massive contribution, but it’s better than nothing at all. I hope that you’ll enjoy what I write about here – I’ll try to be as interesting and entertaining as possible. It’s a blog first, and the concept of revenue stream isn’t even in second place. I write randomly on whatever pops into my head from one day to the next, so there is no coherent order to this. But I hope that you enjoy it, and keep returning for more random musings.

 

My blog is powered by Evohosting. They are highly recommended all over The Internets, and I’ve found them to be extremely reliable and good value for money. I’ve been using them for about 5 years and I can count the number of times my website has been (noticeably) down on the fingers of one hand. They are phenomenally reliable, and have UK-based servers and support.

 

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