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Top PI Pat Thomson: Starting over

Pat Thomson, a pedagogy researcher, left her teaching career in Australia to move to the UK 13 years ago. She tells James Brooks how she rebuilt her networks after the move.

Holding four visiting professorships, being the director of two university centres, co-editing a peer-reviewed journal and writing books would be more than enough to keep most people busy. But Pat Thomson, a professor of education at the University of Nottingham, also finds the time to carry out her own research at the interface between education, creativity and the arts. And that’s not to mention her blog full of advice on writing and grantsmanship for researchers—The 10 Habits of Highly Unsuccessful Research Bid Writers was a recent, popular post.

In Australia, you rose quickly through the ranks to become a head teacher.

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