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When I finished my PhD in 2010, it was not fully clear to me whether I would pursue a traditional academic career. This is not to say that I did not love teaching or academic research. Indeed, the time I spent running my own third year...

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It’s tough enough to share an office. Working without anywhere to call your own, as many associate lecturers and visiting lecturers must, can feel like a horrifying prospect. Academics whose work requires the

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Before Christmas I spent couple of days in Canberra with Professor Deborah Lupton and a group of well-known bloggers and academics discussing the idea of the ‘Digital Academic’. While we came to no definitive conclusions, we agreed that...

Tips To Bring Academic Research To The General Public

If there was ever an era when academics worked in ivory towers, it’s long past. Besides, who pursued their passion in a topic or profession with the express purpose of only talking about it in abstract terms, or with people who study...

Five Ways To Boost Your Energy At Work

Heavy workloads and too much time in front of computer screens can drag down academic energy levels. Don't give in to the 9-to-5 (or is that 9-to-9?) slump: here are five no- or low-cost things you can do to rejuvenate at work.

Top Ten Green Tips For Academics

Many universities have started programmes urging staff to save energy, use less paper, and recycle. It’s a great idea—but what actually works? Here are 10 ways that HE colleagues elsewhere have conserved resources and departmental funds.

Tips And Techniques To Chair Meetings Effectively

So you have to chair a meeting? Here are some Tips And Techniques To Chair Meetings Effectively.

Managing Staff-Student Liaison Well

Staff-student liaison committees (SSLCs) are an important part of life in the modern UK university, reflecting the institution’s awareness of the importance of the student perspective in shaping university life. Since they provide...

What To Do About Plagiarism

I often hear that plagiarism – or the passing off of another’s work as one’s own – is a problem of the past. It is true that most universities require assessment to be checked for plagiarism using sophisticated software. It is also true...

Coming Back From Industry To Academia

Making a leap from postgraduate study to industry is typical, and many professionals have also spent some time as a postgraduate researcher. However, academia desperately needs people who are willing to move in the other direction. If...

Revamping A Module? Six Ways To Freshen Up Your Teaching

Whether you have a module revalidation coming up or simply feel that the content of a module you deliver seems a bit tired, there’s always scope for improvement. This article will present six ideas for updating and adding a bit of zip to...

What To Expect In 2015: Five Trends That Will Affect Your Academic Life

What five trends and policy changes are likely to have the greatest impact on academics in 2015? My crystal ball may not be any more prescient than Mystic Meg, but the evidence points to these five areas...

2014: The Academic Year That Was

It’s been a turbulent year in UK education—there’s no way to say otherwise. This article provides a run-down of the developments and events that have been the talk of university and FE staff rooms, changes that will continue to have...

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Do you spend lots of time in meetings? Here are some tips and techniques to make meetings work for you.

Career Consolidation for Researchers

In a previous article, Contracts or Career Progress, I used the emphasis on developing research independence as a way of analysing and reflecting on your career development. Can early career researchers, however, rely on having a strong...

Academic Life: Is The Residential Conference Dead?

When the summer holidays approach many academics look forward to conference attendance. But throughout the year you may have been involved in the planning of academic events. The conference circuit is changing partly due to the lack of...

Technicians as Teachers?

Higher education is more consumer led than ever before. The new world of high tuition fees and accompanying quality assurance measures has placed the student teaching and learning experience at the top of the HE agenda. Amidst the...

Beyond the Academy: The Impact Agenda and You

As is widely known, the ‘Impact Agenda’ (where ‘impact’ is broadly defined as a contribution to UK economy, society and culture) was introduced as a criterion by HEFCE to assess performance in the REF. While ‘Impact’ has been very...

How To Make Sense Of Labour Market Information

Labour Market Information/Intelligence (LMI) are terms that can sound a little dry. You might think that they involve detailed data around employment rates, salaries and industry demand. Which of course they do. But it’s also a lot more....

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In the UK, most evening students are working adults. It takes dedication and drive to come to class after a full day’s work, but lecturers teaching this group can face particular challenges.

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