And so I begin what might well be my final year of working in the academy. The main focus of my teaching this time will be two seminar groups on Hist100, the first year core course, which are taking place face to face (well, at least to begin with…. we’ll see how long it lasts…!). I gave a couple of online sessions in welcome week, I’m teaching a single session on the MA course and I’ve got a lecture and two seminars (that’s two single seminars, not two seminar groups) on the second year core course. Not a lot.

I might also be mentoring on the MOOC again and I’ve got a few hours left over working on the Lancashire Heritage project that had to be put on hold in March when we went into lockdown, but even with these extras, it won’t pay many bills…

On the plus side, the extra time I’ve got will allow me to do some more of my own research. My plan, first of all, is to put together a funding application for a completely new project on popular conceptions of good health. Then I’m going to get stuck in to some of the things that I’ve been planning to do for several years but simply haven’t had time.