Share your tales of joy in research

Can you remind yourself of the small, trivial, everyday things that bring you joy and help you value your career in the research environment?

Tales of Joy in Research is a new blog campaign from our Think Ahead team about changing the narrative of research lives. It aims to encourage mindfulness in the research environment.

Think Ahead is inviting researchers and academics to share something that brings them joy in their work and research.

This could be something that may initially appear insignificant or mundane about the everyday, something that you do as part of your research work, but this thing is joyful to you in your working life.

Ideas for submissions:

  • A short blog post (about 500 words)
  • A poem or a haiku
  • Some images
  • A video
  • Anything else that you could think of that captures the minute things of daily life in research

These stories will be regularly shared via the Think Ahead blog.

Get in touch with the Think Ahead team for further information at

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Tale of 3D printing – Candice Majewski

The first entry is a guest blog is from Dr Candice Majewski, Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, who describes her passion for Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing).

She says: “From the first moment I saw 3D Printing, or Rapid Prototyping as it was known back then, I was grabbed by its potential to revolutionise at least some aspects of Manufacturing. We had a two-hour guest lecture in the final semester of my Undergraduate degree, and I immediately knew this was what I wanted to do with my life. I’d enjoyed some subjects more than others, but I’d never encountered something that captivated me anywhere near this much; one thing led to another and here I am as a Senior Lecturer in the Mechanical Engineering Department at the University of Sheffield.”

If you were in any doubt about how much I love 3D Printing, let me show you my flowers from my wedding day… Just one added bonus of doing what I do!

Dr Candice Majewski

Read Candice’s post

3D printed wedding bouquet