Related Articles

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.

5 Great Ideas For Working With Graduate Employers

Many universities have launched employability initiatives that focus on preparing students. Courses, and careers, hinge on the results. However, research indicates that employers also need preparing. This article presents five ways you...

Tips And Techniques For Building Student Confidence

Student confidence affects employability, progression and participation: and with academics increasingly being judged on the basis of these, it’s important to find ways we can help.

Dealing with the ‘Challenging’ Student

Of course, most students are lovely, intelligent, undemanding, and fully understand the constraints on your time. But just occasionally, you might encounter a student who is unfamiliar with the conventions and boundaries of academic...

Tips To Stay Engaged During A Career Break

Taking parenting leave, on sabbatical, or simply between jobs? Whether you’re away from academia by choice or by circumstance, you need to stay visible during your hiatus. This article presents strategies that can keep you from fading...

Last-Minute Job Hunting

Surprisingly, the start of term can be a very productive period for job-hunters. What particular opportunities exist around the beginning of the academic year, and how can you get through to decision-makers during a very busy time?

To Be Or Not To Be An Academic That Is The Question?

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...

The Mobile Lecturer: Tips For Working Without An Office

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

How to be a Successful Digital Academic to Boost Your Career - Google+ Hangout on Air Summary

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...

Connect with us