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Looking Ahead at Postgraduate Funding

Now that summer is upon us it is easy to put postgraduate matters on the back-burner. After all, current postgrads will be busily getting on with their research, while incoming postgraduates have applied already for funding to start in...

Social Media and the REF

It is widely recognized that social media and academia can work well together. Social media can be an effective means of growing name recognition, building peer networks, and disseminating ideas outside the traditional peer review...

Formative Assessment Ideas For Module Revamps

It’s spring, and a lecturer’s thoughts turn to revising modules while there’s still time to get the new proforma in front of the board. If you are considering moving towards formative assessment, what options do you have for components,...

Five Things To Remember When Mentoring Junior Colleagues

Most universities these days follow good practice in assigning a ‘peer mentor’ to any newly appointed junior academic. While on the face of it this seems to be an unproblematic and beneficial arrangement, all too often it can get crowded...

Guiding Undergraduates Through The Dissertation Process

This is the time of year when undergraduate dissertation projects start to take shape, usually for third year undergraduates. Opinions differ on the amount of guidance an undergraduate should be given to help him or her through the...

Impact and Outreach: What's the difference?

These days as universities are now looking ahead to the next REF and starting to collate data on impact activities, some academics are learning the hard way about the difference between impact and outreach, both of which they might have...

Surviving In The Student-Centred Environment

The past few years have seen enormous changes in the UK HE environment, one of the most significant of which has been the drive towards creating a ‘student-centred environment’.

Going For EU Gold? Get Ready For EuroPASS

If you’ve never applied for work with an EU institution or taken part in a funding bid with an EU institution, you probably haven't come across EuroPASS: a plan created to improve mobility between European countries for employees and...

EU And EC Opportunities For Researchers

The European Union, the European Commission and their affiliates, such as the European Research Council, have become major players in international research funding over the past decade. What do you need to know about taking your...

Effective Marking Techniques

Assessment is a central part of any university’s operations, and it is crucial that you understand not only your institution’s guidelines, but the marking principles that lie behind them. This will enable you to make effective choices...

5 Things to Change Before It’s Too Late

The changeover between semesters can be a difficult time of year for academics. First-semester exams need marking just as second-semester teaching begins… and then there are the meetings … your research… and to top it all off, January...

Postdoctoral & Research Opportunities in Germany - Google+ Hangout on Air Summary

We recently hosted a live Google+ Hangout on Air with four inspirational panellists with one simple objective: to inform you of Postdoctoral & Research Opportunities in Germany.

Beyond Books And Journals: Engaging Students Through Multimedia Sources

We academics are “book people,” so it’s no surprise that our teaching practice relies heavily on printed source material. However, many students are visual learners, and all students appreciate a change of pace. How can you integrate...

Academic Community and Your Students

‘Academic community’ is a wide-ranging concept, covering the totality of work in higher education in acquiring and disseminating knowledge.

Taking Stock at the End of First Term

The end of term is upon us, and now is the time to look back and take stock of the academic year so far. We often ask students to reflect upon their progress at around this point - whether before the winter break, or after the New Year,

Teaching Qualifications For HE: What Are Your Options?

There are at least three options for gaining a professional teaching qualification for staff who are already working in UK higher education. These include formal postgraduate courses, third-party Lifelong Learning Sector certification,...

Access Courses: Tips And Techniques For The New Lecturer

If your past HE experience has been only with traditional Bachelors or postgrad students, being tasked with teaching, leading on or developing an access course can be a challenge. It can also be an incredibly rewarding experience. This...

2015: The Year In Higher Education That Was—And What We Can Look Forward To In 2016

The past year was defined by notable events and trends that are likely to continue into 2016. For example, young students are quite keyed into new technologies, and some courses are successfully incorporating new technologies...

Boost Your Profile Through Subject Or Research Organisations

One of the fastest ways that new academics can network and improve their visibility in the field is by becoming active in a subject research organisation. But which should you join, and how can you take advantage of the potential benefits?

Day 1 to Year 10:  Planning Your Research Programme

One of the biggest mistakes that young faculty members make is not planning and promptly initiating long-term research. In fact, too often no research is started until funding is obtained.

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