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Promoting A Family Friendly Workplace In FE/HE

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Press Releases: Some Questions And Answers

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Shrinking budgets have decimated many FE and HE administration departments, often leaving academics to pick up the slack. Rolling reorganisations create problems of their own. Here are seven key ways to make things run more smoothly.

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Conferences can be amongst the most enjoyable aspects of academic life. But they can also be stressful. Here are some tips to reduce the stress and to get the most value from a conference.

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It’s a common belief that some people are “natural teachers”: able to get any audience to pay attention to what they have to say about any topic.

How To Cope With Troubled Students

At most universities and colleges in the UK, the role of personal tutor is defined as more than just keeping students on track academically. We have a pastoral care role as well, and so need to be available to help students manage the...

Promotion - Internal or External?

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Coping With Student Complaints

There’s nothing like paying £9000 per year in tuition fees and watching your student loans balance mount to focus a student’s mind on getting what they paid for. And so it’s no wonder that following the tripling of tuition fees,...

Evaluating Research

So a new research paper has landed on your desk or in your inbox? Or perhaps you have a whole set of papers to read at the start of a new project? How do you know which ones are any good, and which are less reliable? It’s impossible to...

Quality Assurance: Balancing Institutional Demands And Student Experience

This article explores the role of Quality Assurance (QA) in higher education and explains how academics can use it to improve their students’ experiences at university.

5 Ways Female Academics Lose Out

— And How You Can Fight Back. Chances are that where you work, the gender balance at the top is significantly different from the lower ranks. Men still rise faster and higher in academia, despite a trend towards more women earning...

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