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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...

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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...

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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?

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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.

Organizing a Conference – Is It Worth It?

For many early career academics, having a conference to their name is seen as a great way of adding something eye-catching and impressive to their CV. Conferences offer many benefits to the organizer – ideally, the opportunity to build...

Permission To Fly?: Dealing With “Helicopter Parents”

What’s a “helicopter parent”? They’re the ones who are still hovering over their adult son or daughter when they leave home for university: the mother who emails you weekly asking for a progress update, the father who questions the way...

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PowerPoint and similar software is handy for ensuring that students note down key points, and many lecturers rely on it to keep themselves on track. However, it’s been used so often that yet another set of text/picture slides risks...

Activating New Online Learners

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Finding a Good Collaborator

Finding a good collaborator has some uncanny resemblances to the process of finding a significant other. So be ready to kiss a lot frogs. In the same way you want your significant other to be largely compatible to you, most people also...

Quick Steps To Winning A Grant (Part 2)

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Quick Steps To Winning A Grant (Part 1)

Obtaining research funding is a critical component to the success of many research-oriented jobs both in academia and in the private sector. Thus, becoming proficient winning research monies can be essential to securing a desirable...

A ‘Teaching Excellence Framework’? What’s It All About?

For those who have been in the profession long enough, talk in recent weeks of a ‘Teaching Excellence Framework’ will have a familiar ring to it. Between 1992-1995 the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) conducted...

Impact And Public Engagement: What ECRs On The Job Market Need To Know

During the recent Google+ hangout on Impact and Public Engagement for Career Success there were many questions from early career researchers about public engagement and impact in the context of applying for academic jobs. In this post I...

Digitally Engaged Research: Time For A Change In Postgraduate Training

With universities and funding bodies increasingly pushing forward impact agendas, engaged research has become a life or death issue for academics. Tweeting, blogging, and other forms of digital engagement are particularly on the rise.

Fantastic First Session Ideas For Lecturers

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Digital Humanities and Your Teaching

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