Recruitment in academia: is there no room for compassion?

With so many qualified candidates for each academic post, what is the ethical way to respond to unsuccessful applicants?We all know the score: despite the continued growth in postgraduate degrees, full-time permanent positions in academia are increasingly rare. Certainly, to search for work in today’s over-saturated academic market, in the depths of a recession, is […]
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Should I stay or should I go: assessing the options for a career in academia

The once straightforward career path for academics is increasingly precarious. Claire Arnold outlines some options, concluding that academics will need to go where the money isChanges in how universities and research are funded has meant that there are fewer permanent, full-time posts available. In addition to the reduction in the number of posts, the perceived […]
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New term, new trainers: why the way I dress represents what I teach

Creative professional and lecturer, Lawrence Lartey, finds his choice of dress is often a sticking point with colleagues. Here he asks why so many still hold a stereotypical view of the lecturerAir Jordans or Blazers is the question. I’m getting dressed for a very important meeting, so I’d better get it right. Which means I’d […]
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The university of 2020: predicting the future of higher education

The future is a difficult thing to predict. Still, looking at the decisions being made today, our live chat panel posit on what the future might hold for higher education institutionsA US survey published by Pew Internet last month asked the question: what will higher education look like in 2020? We took on that very […]
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The superwoman fallacy: what it really takes to be an academic and parent

Melissa Terras is tired of being called superwoman because she has three young children and a job. Here she takes apart the myth and says there’s no such thing as ‘work-life balance’It’s been almost a year now since I returned from maternity leave to my full time job as an academic at UCL. At the […]
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Who do you think you are? Developing your identity as a researcher

If the PhD is a process of becoming and belonging, how do you find a balance between the ideals of the institution and your values as a budding academic, asks Laura Graham-Matheson?Since I started my PhD, almost a year and a half ago, I’ve often wondered what a ‘PhD’ really is – what it actually […]
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Predoctoral research assistant: how can I ask for a pay rise?

A research assistant’s responsibilities have steadily increased but her pay has stayed the same. Can she use the research concordat to argue for better wages? What would you advise?Dear HE careers clinic,I am a predoctoral research assistant (RA) at a University Alliance institution and over the last 6 years I have developed a good looking […]
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More than student recruitment: developing international strategies

Internationalisation needn’t be limited to student attraction and its gains are not just financial. Join our live chat Friday 17 August to explore shifting trends and values in global higher edInternationalisation in higher education is nothing new. For decades – before there were economic gains to be made from international student recruitment and possibly even […]
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Is it viable to finance higher education through the capital markets?

After De Montfort University issues £110m of bonds, Geoff Fuller explains the process, the potential risks and benefits and answers the question: should other universities follow suit?A potential new source of finance for universities opened up recently, when De Montfort University issued £110m of bonds to finance an upgrade of its facilities. Whereas bond issues […]
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Unpaid research internships reveal a dangerous hypocrisy in academia

Employing free labour acts as a self-fulfilling prophecy for universities, reducing diversity in the workforce and weakening arguments for funding of paid posts, says Martin EveGeorge Orwell once wrote, in a piece a trifle too defensive of an under-siege humanities while attempting to bridge the gap between two cultures, that “a mere training in one […]
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