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So you’ve got your PhD, applied for lectureships, and after all the blood, sweat and tears, you’ve landed yourself ... a teaching contract. The first thing to say is—well done!

Making The Most Of Your Annual Review

Most academics provide an annual report on their teaching, research and administration to a line manager or department head each year. It may feel like just another hoop to jump through, but you can use the annual review productively.

Workplace Training: Another Career Direction For Academics

Academics seeking employment often find a home in workplace training, from corporate coaching sessions to hands-on social care instruction. If you’re thinking of seeking employment in the workplace training sector, or perhaps providing...

Developing Academic Career Strategies

One of the challenges faced by postdoctoral researchers can be to identify career progress over a period of employment on shorter term contracts. Their focus might be, quite naturally, on remaining in employment rather than on...

Creative Ideas For Making The Most Of Contact Time

In today’s student-driven undergraduate education world, demands for more contact time are changing academic schedules. However, extra class sessions aren't always the most effective ways to use this opportunity. This article suggests...

Conference Networking For Academics

Attending academic conferences has many benefits: keeping up to date with the latest research (often well before it’s published), having a chance to meet people who are influential in your field and, yes, networking.

Academic Work In The Netherlands: What You Need To Know

The Netherlands can be a fantastic place for academics to work: salaries are relatively good, holidays generous, and there is a rigourous research culture, especially in science and technology. What do you need to know to take advantage...

Universities As Community Partners

In many communities, the local university is one of the largest employers, occupies a big chunk of real estate, and brings quite a bit of income into the community. However, since the student body is no longer all-local and staff are...

Making Your Humanities Background Count In A STEM-Centric World

Just one look at the job advertisements makes it clear: the departments advertising most consistently for new staff appear to be in science, technology, engineering and medicine (STEM) subjects.

Data Protection Law For Academics

Student information must be carefully protected, even when the contents seem banal or have lain untouched in a cupboard for years. If you inherit a cache of files, or simply need to clear space, ask your university’s data protection...

Chinese Government Initiatives for Recruiting Academic Staff and Developing the HE System

In the last two decades the Chinese government has introduced a number of initiatives aimed at building world class universities. These include the 211 project and the 985 project which were targeted at developing the research capacity...

Managing the Exam Period Professionally

Many new lecturers gain some experience of teaching while doing their doctorate. While this provides invaluable classroom experience, however, it is likely that the marking you will be asked to take on as a lecturer will be on an...

Academic Book Proposals: How Grab The Publishers Attention

Journal articles may have more clout in the REF, but there’s nothing like a book with your name on the spine to make academics feel that they have really made their mark as scholars. This article presents some basic tips on how to...

Working From Home: Legal And Safety Issues

Over the last few years, many UK universities have assessed risks associated with staff working from home. What they have found may surprise academics who have never thought about this activity as “risky” in any way. This article...

How Can A Scientist Tell The Truth And Still Get The Job?

‘So Dr X, is there any truth in the fact that your sponsors have the most interest in your research outcomes being positive, and does that compromise the research?’

Your First Conference Presentation

Some academics come to their first post having already had extensive experience of academic conferences as postgraduate students. But not all postgrads get the chance, and colleagues joining academic life from industry may find their...

How To Get Shortlisted For An Academic Job (Part 2)

Getting short-listed for a job requires a combination of luck, perseverance, and ingenuity, but the following are some places where you can actively increase your odds.

Settling Into An HE Career

There will days during your first few weeks when you feel completely overwhelmed, but take heart: not only will you make it through your first year as an academic, with a bit of planning and support, someday you’ll look back on this...

Recognising Technical Talent! - Professional Registration for Technicians

At the beginning of the next academic year, ask any fresh faced student what their university’s technicians do and you’ll probably be met with blank stares, (either that or they’ll tell you that we wear white coats and push...

Top Tips For Effective Individual Student Tutorials

At every university in the UK, the theme is the same: students are customers, and the customers demand more “contact hours.” For most lecturers, the results have been an increased number of taught sessions, and an increased number of...

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