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Chelle Oldham
Careers and professional development, Research, Teaching and learning

There's a researcher in me

Chelle Oldham brings us a poem describing all of the ‘hats’ an academic and researcher might wear on a daily basis throughout an academic year.

03 January 2023

There’s a Researcher in me; so I’m told!
Nervously excited
The part of me who loves the challenge

There’s a Narrator in me; I hope!
Patiently listening
The part of me facilitating storytelling

There’s an Author in me; who knew!
Creatively accurate
It’s the part of me that adores language

There’s a Sociologist in me; yes, really!
Observantly documenting
The part of me who reads human behaviour

There’s an Orator in me; no surprise!
Extravagantly loud
The part of me that loves to share new findings

There’s a Mathematician in me; again!
All pie-charts and graphs
The part of me using old skills

There’s a Pedagogue in me; a what?!
Quietly learning
The part of me who reads theory for pleasure

There’s an Expert in me; almost!
Occasionally hiding
The part that is still in development

There’s an Artist in me; relaxed!
Abstract and diverse
The part of me who crafts worlds

There’s a Student in me; life-long!
Curious and determined
The part of me who will study forever

There’s a Researcher in me; Early Career?
Adaptable and persistent
The part of me who started to research in childhood

About the author

Chelle is a lecturer with research interests including Education Capital and alternative educational provision. She is wheelchair-able with limited vision, which makes her acutely aware of all the ‘hats’ any academic and researcher might wear on a daily basis throughout an academic year.