Jean Rath is an independent scholar based in Christchurch New Zealand and an honorary research associate of the University of Oxford’s Learning Institute. Her main research interest is academic practice (teaching, research and service) and the experiences of early career academics. A second focus is writing as a method of inquiry to investigate culture, memory and reflection. She made New Zealand her home in 2001; however, she continues to take up interesting international academic and management opportunities as they arise. As a result, during recent years she has worked at universities in New Zealand, Australia and the UK.