12 August 2011
By Blanka Sengerová
It has certainly been very quiet on the blog here over the last few weeks and I wonder if it is reflective of the emptiness of labs and offices all over the country. So for a light-hearted one, here are some of the things that are great about the summer months in relation to work as research staff...
1) The journey to work. Although I only cycle, there are no evil monsters from the local school who always block the convenient cycle path between about 8-8.30am (and are rude at me), the time when I'm likely to be using it.
2) More relaxed atmosphere with plenty of people leaving because of child-care issues and stuff like that. Which means that I was rather pleasantly surprised to be leaving work by 5.30pm fairly frequently in the recent week.
3) Your own holiday of course!
4) The seminar series break for the summer so time to get on with labwork and other paperwork.
5) No teaching duties (though I don't know this from personal experience, my colleague who has been teaching/tutoring undergrads, has certainly had a slightly more relaxed time). However, this can of course be the opposite for those of us with summer students to look after.
6) Queues in cafeteria are much reduced!
7) Equipment is not quite so busy and booked out as people are away... (On the downside, if something needs fixing, it takes longer to get engineers out).
Any more for any more?