On Tuesday morning, I taught my last seminar of the academic year. Yes, I’ve still got a stack of grading to do and various bits of admin, I’ve got a supervision meeting with my doctoral student and a report to write for the impact project based on the Lancaster Castle MOOC, but I’ve taught my last seminar of the academic year. Having been made redundant by Liverpool Hope last Christmas when my contract came to an end, and with no guarantee that I’ve got any work coming up next academic year, it’s sobering to think that it might not just have been my last seminar of the academic year.

It might have been my last seminar.

Once again, I am staring into the abyss of a summer with no money coming in, and with the current situation with Covid-19, the freelance work that I do has all gone too. And with universities tightening their budgets for the next academic year, my future is more uncertain than ever.