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Promotion: should you wait for internal promotion or move to another institution?

Coping With Student Complaints

There’s nothing like paying £9000 per year in tuition fees and watching your student loans balance mount to focus a student’s mind on getting what they paid for. And so it’s no wonder that following the tripling of tuition fees,...

Evaluating Research

So a new research paper has landed on your desk or in your inbox? Or perhaps you have a whole set of papers to read at the start of a new project? How do you know which ones are any good, and which are less reliable? It’s impossible to...

Quality Assurance: Balancing Institutional Demands And Student Experience

This article explores the role of Quality Assurance (QA) in higher education and explains how academics can use it to improve their students’ experiences at university.

5 Ways Female Academics Lose Out

— And How You Can Fight Back. Chances are that where you work, the gender balance at the top is significantly different from the lower ranks. Men still rise faster and higher in academia, despite a trend towards more women earning...

Work-life Balance: Home Working and Having Time to Switch Off

One of the benefits of academic life is that the job can allow a certain amount of flexibility. In most cases your employer will not expect you to be in an office from 9am to 5pm every day (although working culture and expectations vary...

REF Recovery Strategies

If you’ve been told that you won’t be entered in the Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, don’t despair—but don’t be complacent. What can you do to make the best of a bad situation, and how can you refocus on readiness for the...

The Impact Factor: How to Raise Your Public Profile

The “Impact” item on your department’s Research Excellence Framework submission can make a big difference in rankings, but it also reflects something more meaningful: how good you are at communicating the results of your research and...

Peer Reviewing

Academic rigour in publishing is maintained by the peer reviewing system. It is assumed that once you are established in your career and that you have published in a field that you might be a useful peer reviewer. But no one ever teaches...

Dual-Career Academic Couples

In the US, over a third of academics are also married to an academic; the numbers are up sharply in Canada, the UK and Europe as well. Over 90 percent of these work in the same institution—often, in the same department. In the US and...

Professor in the Dock: The Academic as Expert Witness

An expert witness is someone hired by a law firm, or sometimes directly by the Court, to explain matters that are outside the area of the law itself. Expert witnesses are used in civil and criminal cases, in fields ranging from food...

5 Top Tips for Getting the Best from Students with Dyslexia or Autism Spectrum Conditions

Most lecturers know little about accommodating special educational needs (SEN). Some are surprised to learn that increasing numbers of students identified as having SEN are in further and higher education—especially when the first...

Lateral Moves: Changing Careers Within Academia

Whether you're a lecturer thinking of moving into management or a member of support staff who would like to move into lecturing, there are smart ways to make it happen.

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

It’s not enough to be a great teacher, an expert in your subject, and a pro at managing university bureaucracy. Publications have always been how academics prove their expertise, and for a long time now that process has been codified...

Using Your Research Results

Over the past couple of years you have produced some good research results, and thesis completion is in sight. It’s time to think about the next steps – in academia or elsewhere.

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....

Designing a Degree Programme

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,...

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