Akidemic Life

Empowering parents to navigate life & academia

Having a career and a family can be extremely rewarding but often turns into a juggling act – we are here to help you balance your responsibilities.

aKIDemic Life is a free resource hub for academics with caring responsibilities. Our mission is to provide you with solutions: to help you plan a successful academic career, reduce stress at work, and enjoy your family more. Whether you have children, are planning for the future, or are caring for family members, we curate relevant research, resources and mentoring to help you make informed decisions as you navigate academic life.

If you have suggestions or requests for content please get in touch, we would love to hear from you. Join the mailing list to be the first to hear updates and access new resources.

COVID-19 Resources

We have curated resources to help manage work, study and entertaining your family at home during this challenging time.

Resources to help you integrate your caring journey into your academic life.

You can either slowly browse through all our curated resources or, if time is short, head straight to the page relevant to your current career and parenting stage by clicking on the associated link below.

Featured resources for different types of carer.

Are you overwhelmed by information and not sure where to begin? Why don’t you start by checking out our featured resources – whether you are a dad, a mum or have an ill family member – we have identified a few resources that are particularly pertinent to your situation. We change these resources regularly, so check back in for updates or explore the rest of the site for many more great sources of help and information.


Encouraging Men To Take Parental Leave

Fatherhood & Academia

Fathers Navigating A Return To Work

Interview With Alan Duffy On Taking Paternity Leave

Interview With Jeremy Brownlie on Being an Academic & a Dad

A Father's Odyssey


Making Mothers Visible In Academia

Mothers in Science: 64 Ways To Have It All

Ten Tips For Dealing With Work And Parental Leave

Interview With Professor Catriona Hurd On Preparing For Maternity Leave

Interview With Gretta Pecl On Work-Life Balance


Royal Society Parent Carer Scientist

Wellcome Trust Career Re-entry Fellowship

Academic Working Dad

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