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Publish or Perish? Top Tips For Getting Your Journal Articles In Print

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Why Is Examining a PhD Good For Your Career Development?

For many scholars this is important recognition and a key step on the path of career development. You won’t get paid much (expenses and a few hundred pounds at the most) but it is indicative of your good standing within the profession....

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Academics are allowed some autonomy from the start of their career as they are able to design their own units and pick the topics to teach and choose resources and methods with which to teach them.

Top Tips For Academics With Disabilities

It could be that a new manager has changed your schedule, without understanding how this will cause you massive problems due to chronic fatigue syndrome. Or you may have had a recent diagnosis of cancer, and need more flexible hours to...

Leading a Team: Practicalities and Soft Skills

As you move through your academic career, you will be increasingly required to take charge of particular projects or teams and lead other colleagues. Here’s how to be a good leader.

Freelancing Academics: Raise Your Profile and Income Through Writing

It’s part of an academic’s everyday life: taking weeks to write journal articles that only 25 people will ever read. The impact may seem dispiritingly small, but with each writing project you hone skills that could build your reputation,...

Large Funding Bids: Preparation and Planning

Gathering the right people to work with you on the project is vital. This will not only spark creative ideas that construct the content of the project, but will also allow you to share the burden of the administrative tasks.

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So you’ve been asked to give your first lecture or seminar? Apart from preparing the slides and/or activities, what else do you need to think about in order to ensure it goes well? Here are some tips:

Industry To Academia

With an increasing importance being placed on producing graduates with relevant work skills, transitions from industry to academia are becoming more commonplace. With opportunities on the rise, could this be the right time to make the...

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If you have recently completed your PhD, you will have become used to a model of working defined by that experience. This means, depending on your discipline, that you will have been working alone or in close proximity with your...

What Sort Of Academic Are You?

Most lecturers now have to be all-rounders, with strengths in teaching, research and administration. However, as you progress through your career, some aspects of the job are more appealing than others. Deciding what sort of academic you...

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This article offers advice on the best way of managing your relationship with your line manager or mentor. I have experienced managers with many different styles and led teams of colleagues myself, so I can appreciate best practice for...

Academic Leadership – Tips for Leading a Research Team

There are a lot of leadership models and theories out there, some of which just do not suit academics or the environment that they work in. However, Situational Leadership (SL) is a model which has resonated a lot with delegates on our...

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As a professional in Higher Education you may face a dilemma at some point in your career. Should you stay with your present employer or should you strike out to pursue new opportunities elsewhere? And what might be the effect on your...

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Academics are often inundated with requests for references by students and former students. You may have had very little experience of reference writing and be unsure how to write a reference that will not damage the student’s employment...

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Everyone is familiar with the academic skills required to work in a university and undertake successful teaching and research. But increasingly academics are required to use skills more often associated with other professions as well.

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