New year, new challenges

It's a new year, and tomorrow I start a new job as Professor of Ethics and Games Technology at Staffordshire University. I'm extremely excited about this but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a bit nervous as well!

In the UK it's a big thing to become a professor; it's the thing you strive towards when you first start your academic career. I was asked on Mastodon what it takes to become a professor, and well, if you go internally within the university, you have to fill out a lot of paperwork that shows off your achievements over your career and apply to a panel of other professors within the university to see if you are worthy of the title. Or you can apply to another university that is looking for a professorial level role, fill out a lot of paperwork to apply to the job, go through an interview process and show a panel of other professors that you are worthy of the role. I did the latter, and so I'm moving away from De Montfort University to start in a new department in a new faculty in a new university!

Things I am looking forward to:

Ultimately I have a bit of imposter syndrome lurking about but my fantastic mentor Richard Hall told me to “Own it... be true, necessary and kind to all, including yourself” and I fully plan to. Thanks everyone for believing in me! I can do this!

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