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Being Well in Academia Ways to Feel Stronger, Safer and More Connected

By Petra Boynton Copyright 2021
    278 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    278 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Are you studying or working in academia and in need of support? Perhaps you’re finding your work, study or personal life challenging or overwhelming; are experiencing bullying, harassment or abuse; or find your progress is being blocked by unfair, exploitative or precarious systems? Or perhaps you want to support a friend or colleague who’s struggling? Whether your problems are big or small, Being Well in Academia provides a wealth of practical and workable solutions to help you feel stronger, safer and more connected in what has become an increasingly competitive and stressful environment.

    This volume uses a realistic, pragmatic and – above all – understanding approach to offer support to a diverse audience. Covering a range of issues, it includes advice on:

    • Ways to increase your support network, so you’re not alone.
    • Reflections and actions that encourage you to evaluate your position.
    • Guidance if you are in a stressful, precarious, dangerous or exploitative situation.
    • Checklists and agreements to help you identify your specific needs and accommodations.
    • Signposting to books, websites, networks and organisations that provide additional support.
    • Ways to build your confidence and connections, particularly for Black, Indigenous or People of Colour; LGBTQ+; disabled or chronically sick; or other marginalised groups.
    • Reflections on your rights and the responsibilities academia should be meeting.
    • Tips for being an active bystander and helping others in need of assistance.
    • Ideas for resisting, challenging and coping with unfair or exploitative environments.
    • Suggestions for bringing you happiness, inspiration, motivation, courage and hope.

    This book is a must-read for anyone who wants to address the need to stay well in academia, and will be particularly useful to those in diverse or disadvantaged positions who currently lack institutional support or feel at risk from academia.

    The 'Insider Guides to Success in Academia' offers support and practical advice to doctoral students and early-career researchers. Covering the topics that really matter, but which often get overlooked, this indispensable series provides practical and realistic guidance to address many of the needs and challenges of trying to operate, and remain, in academia.

    These neat pocket guides fill specific and significant gaps in current literature. Each book offers insider perspectives on the often implicit rules of the game -- the things you need to know but usually aren't told by institutional postgraduate support, researcher development units, or supervisors -- and will address a practical topic that is key to career progression. They are essential reading for doctoral students, early-career researchers, supervisors, mentors, or anyone looking to launch or maintain their career in academia.

    1. Getting Started, Being Well. 2. Creating your Support Network. 3. Giving and Receiving Care. 4. What Help do you Need? 5. Threats to your Wellbeing. 6. Warning Signs and Symptoms. 7. Looking after Yourself. 8. Letting Go, Moving Forward.


    Petra Boynton is a social psychologist and Agony Aunt who teaches and researches in International Healthcare. She specialises in addressing the safety and wellbeing of students and staff in academic settings.