A New Year’s Eve Review of 2015

I was lucky enough to be given a digital photo frame for Christmas. Last night I sat and scrolled through all of my photos, selecting those which would eventually make it on to the screen. I was surprised by how many photos were linked with my university life. Pictures of beautiful places visited for conferences, happy faces at awards ceremonies, and (perhaps not so surprising) places where I’ve sat down and had a good write.  I’ve shared some of those photos throughout this post.

I started this blog just over a year ago, in October 2014. But it wasn’t really until 2015 that I got into the swing of things and started posting regularly. This year, this blog was viewed over 5,400 times, by people from 87 different countries.  Thank you to everyone for taking the time to read the blog, and for sharing/commenting/reblogging.

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Anadolu University, Turkey, host of the GAJE & International Journal of Clinical Legal Education Conference

The most viewed post was How I Use Scrivener for Academic Writing.  It has also been shared widely on Facebook and twitter, demonstrating that academics really do want to try to find the most efficient tools for writing – and that alternatives to Word, like Scrivener, are in great demand.

Delivering a workshop with Professor David McQuoid Mason and Ulrich Stege
Delivering a workshop with Professor David McQuoid Mason and Ulrich Stege

I had two aims when I started this blog: (1) increase the visibility of UK business law clinics, and (2) share the lived experience of academic writing. This year, I’ve blogged about re-conceptualising social justiceusing a TV show to assist reflection on clinical work and our unique collaboration with another business law clinic.  I’ve also blogged about where to write, how to write, and doing a PhD.

Smoothies, laptops and books: writing tools

In 2015, I wrote 8 articles for peer-reviewed academic journals. Six of those have been published. In the New Year, I’ll be sharing the methods I used to do this. so watch out for that post! Many of the things that I’ve done this year could not have been achieved without the guidance, assistance and patience of many, many colleagues. Thank you. This year, I’ve collaborated with a number of colleagues within and outside of my institution.  I’ve written a blog post for Piirus which lists the benefits of collaboration – that will be posted on the Piirus Blog tomorrow on New Year’s Day so look out for that too!

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Smiles at the Northern Law Awards

I end the year on a high as my first article on autoethnography has just been published in the last few days. The article explicitly seeks to fill a considerable gap in the literature by fixing the narrative in the law school. Drawing on  autoethnographic vignettes and reflexive journal entries, I provide a first-hand account of entering the world of autoethnography. The exploration of autoethnography will form a key part of my Professional Doctorate, which I will inevitably blog about in 2016 as my Proposal is due in very shortly!

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The Millennium Bridge, Newcastle upon Tyne

I hope you celebrate New Year’s Eve in style. I wish you health and happiness for 2016. See you next year!

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