Welcome to our first issue of 2017! In this issue, we hear from Mrs Udeni De S Perera about her transition from full-time PhD student to full-time academic career and part-time study. Harry Potter gets a nod and there are tips for women and research and self-promotion. Dr Tseen Khoo, co-creator of Research Whisperer, talks about why we should seek out the jobs beyond our work plan. Finally, Christchurch University’s Associate Professor Ekant Veer tells us about confirmation bias and the impact it has in the classroom.