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UK PhD supervision has traditionally been a rather hands-off affair, but in a tight academic job market students are now expecting, and demanding, much more than the occasional tutorial. What are the most important things lecturers can...

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Classroom control is crucial to make the right environment for teaching and learning. But while a few lucky individuals seem to be “naturals” at keeping a group of students on task, for most of us it’s something you have to learn.

Starting A Journal Article Critique Group

Building a strong research culture can be difficult if your department is some way from that goal, especially if there isn't a budget for research activity. One of the best ways to get started is also one with no cost other than time:...

What to Expect as an External Examiner

The role of external examiner is essential for all UK HE programmes (as stipulated by the QAA’s UK Quality Code for Higher Education). External examiners are approved by the University, but are nominated at Department- or School-level in...

Post-Academic Skills in the Humanities

As cuts take hold, budgets contract and job openings shrink in academia as elsewhere, the question of what opportunities there are for postgraduate students in the humanities needs to be more widely debated in the UK. It is true that...

Open-Access Publishing: The Way Forward?

In the last few years a revolution has taken place in academic publishing, with the emergence of Open Access (OA) research. Open Access publishing in academia consists of the deposit, usually by the author, of peer-reviewed journal...

Continuing Professional Education

How Can Setting Up A CPD Programme Help Your Career?Student numbers down? Funding issues in your department? Providing Continuing Professional Development courses or seminars can be a good secondary income stream, saving jobs and...

Getting Published In The Humanities: Top Tips

Many articles targeted at academics about publishing are written from the perspective of the scientific disciplines but getting published in the humanities sector has its own specific challenges.

Peer Review, and How to Survive It

If you are an early career lecturer you may not have been prepared for the prominence given to peer review in the modern UK university. Of course, your experience as a postgraduate student will have prepared you to some degree for the...

Improving Student Retention and Progression: Ideas For FE and HE Lecturers

At the start of the academic year, there is always a focus on admissions—but holding on to and progressing existing students is just as important. What does research say about best practices to improve student retention and outcomes?

5 Ways to Keep Your Teaching Fresh

It is often that case that the pressures of the teaching timetable itself, as well as research and run-of-the-mill admin, mean that it can be very hard to find the time to review your teaching material. Ideally, we would all be coming up...

Creating Cohesive Student Cohorts: Tips and Techniques

Research shows that student retention and performance are enhanced when students form a strong group identity early in their course. Although the first term of a new group is ideal, the ideas that follow can be implemented anytime to...

5 Top Tips To Help Build Academic Skills For First Years

It can be a huge jump moving from secondary school to FE to HE: new environments to negotiate, new expectations to meet, and new skills required. This article presents five ideas you can adapt for building university-level study skills...

Writing Collaborative Reports

Do you need to write a joint research paper or project report, perhaps with several overseas colleagues? Here are some tips to help the process run smoothly.

Constructing Research-Led Modules

It is easy to assume that all HE teaching will be research-led. But this is not always the case. Lecturers may automatically assume that their teaching and research are two completely separate entities; others, more rarely, may be...

Academic Leadership: Do You Have What It Takes?

“Leadership qualities” are hard to define, but in high demand. What does research say are the key skills possessed by leaders, and how can you build these in order to attain a promotion or higher academic post?

Academic Considerations When Working With Mature Students

Traditional university programmes in the UK are geared towards young undergraduates, but many of today’s students are older. High tuition fees are likely to eventually change university demographics, as they already have in the US. What...

Annual Review Checkup: How To Present Yourself Well

Depending on the situation where you work, you probably approach an annual review meeting with your line manager in one of two ways: either as a bureaucratic annoyance or, if redundancy looms, as a worrying task that could have major...

Student Experience: What You Need To Know To Help You Get A Job.

This article discusses a hot topic in UK academia and asks how you can put knowledge of ‘student experience’ to good use in your job seeking.

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