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Getting published is arguably a must for a successful career in academia. Publishing at least one book under your own name seems to be an affirmation of your worthiness to the academic trade.

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This article will explore why increasing pressure is put on academics to engage in projects that encourage external partnerships and how to maximise your career prospects by engaging in them.

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As an early career lecturer you may have personal tutor responsibilities. This means that you will be the point of contact for a group of students (who you may also teach), and need to advise them if they have any problems that are...

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This article explores how academic jobseekers will be affected by the new fees regime implemented in 2012-13 and how they can respond to these changes and enhance their chances in the job marketplace.

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