image : Abigail Alderson
When I first started writing about my work
I was very careful to be anonymous
and not identify place, colleagues or students.
There was a lot of suspicion of blogs
and examples of people losing their jobs.
How times have changed!
Social media are now valued
as ways to promote research
and several of my academic colleagues
have blogs and twitter accounts.
Today I want to share something special:
the blog of a first year undergraduate student
Abi is an example of the opportunities
that are available for enthusiastic students.
She is funded by the Royal Geographical Society
to do field work on an important research project
in areas of rural China unvisited by tourists.
I am sure she would not have dreamed of this
last September when she started her studies.
Student blogs do not get a big audience
because they are not part of a blogging community
but Abi has a natural flair for images
which I know that you will appreciate.
I particularly enjoy her use of Instagram.
Abi is still in China but I asked her
if I could share the link to her blog
and she was happy for me to do so.
Please go and enjoy these glimpses
of a world that few of us will reach.
(if you say hello she will know me as Alice - not MrsM!)