Barbara Grant is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland where she teaches, supervises and researches in the field of higher education. For six years (2011-2016), she served as the Executive Editor for Higher Education Research & Development and she is currently a member of several international editorial boards for journals of higher education. Currently, she teaches social theories of education, with a particular focus on higher education, and the idea of the university student. Previously, she has taught workshops on graduate research supervision as well as on academic and thesis writing for many institutions in Aotearoa/New Zealand and overseas; she has also facilitated residential and non-residential writing retreats for academic women (and sometimes men) within NZ and without. Barbara’s research and writing interests lie in the area of post-critical accounts of higher education with a particular focus on the supervision of graduate research students, doctoral education, academic identities and work. She has also published on research methodologies for education and the social sciences, and academic writing.