Because there are no shortcuts to academic success

Choosing to go down an academic path has many rewards.
It’s an opportunity to explore, to search for answers, and to make discoveries that push forward the state-of-the-art and our knowledge of the world.

However, there is a lot to learn along the way. From crafting journal publications and delivering conference presentations, to producing grant proposals and understanding the peer review system, it’s not always easy to get from where you are now to where you want to be.

Although there are no shortcuts to academic success, there are ways to make your academic journey—or that of your students and research team—a little smoother.


Smartcuts allow you to get from A to B without cutting corners. By harnessing the right tools and training, students and researchers can build a strong foundation to  save time and reduce stress throughout their academic journey.


Still feeling a little lost?

Beyond the services offered by Academic Smartcuts, I’ve signposted a few suggestions to help you take the first step towards making the academic journey a little easier. 


My path through academia over the past two decades has been anything but linear.

I’ve served as an administrator and occasional lecturer for Continuing Education courses, taught Masters students, worked as a copy editor and proofreader, conducted post-doctoral research, and carried out the role of portfolio manager and panel convenor at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

Along the way I noticed that many people were tripped up by the same pitfalls, regardless of what university they worked at or their particular area of study. This caused a lot of unnecessary stress, wasted time and energy, and prevented them from doing their best work.

I started Academic Smartcuts to help students and researchers bridge these gaps and avoid common obstacles so they can develop a solid foundation for their career. 


If you have any questions about how you can use Academic Smartcuts on your own journey through academia, please get in touch at