First-Gen Spotlight: Stuart Haw

Stuart Haw (he/him/your choice) is a second-year PhD student. His research interests are centered on research management of sport organisations. His PhD focuses on voluntary facility management and when facilities are transferred from councils to communities. If you would like to connect with Stuart, follow him on Twitter @haw_stuart!

  1. Where do you call home? Peterborough UK 🇬🇧
  2. What is a quote that you live by? It will be alright in the end. If it’s not alright, it’s not the end.
  3. What do you see yourself doing in the future? I’d teach, research and work in management consultancy.
  4. If you could switch fields/careers, what field/career would you want to work in/have?* Definitely counselling
  5. What frustrates you the most about academia? It’s such a hard sector to navigate. My family think I sit around reading books all day. Yet colleagues assume I’m privately educated. So it’s a place where I’m reminded I don’t belong, where I’m made to feel like a privileged person, all whilst my family makes me feel guilty.
  6. What are three things you can’t live without?* Exercise, food, expression
  7. What message do you hope your research conveys to the public? That the social and cultural clubs we attend are more than clubs. They are drivers for change.
  8. Who do you do this for? Northumbria/Power to change
  9. What is your proudest moment (so far)?* Of my PhD it was leading a lobbying council to cause the local council to change a decision. Featured in a lot of news and used the exposure to launch blog!
  10. What is one piece of advice you would give to other first-gen students? It’s been said that you cannot become what you cannot see. So, share your story. People need to see it.

*borrowed from the 46 Questions blog!

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