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In 2012-13 students will arrive at UK universities having to cope with different funding arrangements from their predecessors. This article will explore the impact this will have on staff and jobseeking.

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Lecturing Series: Promoting International Student Exchanges

This article will explore how you as an early career lecturer should encourage your students to consider going on an overseas exchange during their time at university. It will also offer advice on receiving incoming exchange students...

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This article will discuss the subject of team teaching. Many university lecturers have their first experience of team teaching as PhD students and part time lecturers, because they are not initially permitted to design and run courses in...

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