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Recent political and economic developments have brought China into the spotlight on the international stage. Initiatives driven by the government such as the ‘one belt, one road’ policy means that China is planning for deeper influence...

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Academics, and those aspiring to enter into the academic profession, are most probably familiar with the phrase ‘publish or perish’. The need for academics to publish is integral to applications for jobs, promotion to permanent...

Getting your first book contract

The publication of an academic book, especially a monograph, is still regarded as the ‘gold standard’ in British academia, especially in the humanities.

The importance of social media to your academic visibility

As a tool of academic networking, social media has become an almost indispensable feature of academic life.

Setting up placement systems

The student experience lies at the heart of the modern UK university, with institutions vying to offer students the best in teaching and learning opportunities, research-driven expertise, top-of-the-range facilities, and excellent...

Keeping Your Curriculum Current

Curriculum review is an essential tool for ensuring that the needs of a wide range of stakeholders in the teaching process are met. Students are, of course, the key stakeholders in the process, but others include employers, professional...

Preparing for a visiting fellowship abroad

For emerging scholars who have worked in the university system for around 5-7 years, the option of applying for a visiting fellowship abroad can be particularly appealing.

Academic conferences - scholarly exchange and support networks

The academic conference has become an integral part in the life of a scholar. It is much more than an opportunity to present your research and obtain peer review in the long journey towards publication. It has become a forum for...

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With the TEF results in, this article looks at the overall purpose of the TEF and what you can be doing to prepare in the aftermath of the results.

Teaching summer school

If summer will see you between posts or with several weeks to fill (but without the money for a long holiday), teaching summer school might be a great solution for you. What do you need to know to get started?

Finding your academic passion (again)

The first year of lecturing can be confusing; the tenth can be mind-numbing. What makes every year worthwhile is retaining your passion for your field of study. Summer is the perfect time to remind yourself why you do it.

Managing assessments smoothly

If you are new to lecturing, the end of term tends to be a tough time. Somewhere between the giant pile of papers or projects to mark and that moment when you can finally wave them goodbye is a lot of hard work. It’s definitely a task...

Getting to grips with VLEs

VLEs like Canvas, Moodle, and Blackboard can turn into time-consuming sources of frustration; here is how they can actually fulfil their promise of supporting good module design and delivery.

Planning for your first year as lecturer

If you’re feeling more nervous than excited about having landed your first job as a lecturer, take heart: almost every new lecturer feels exactly the same. University orientation programs for fresh hires usually only cover the basics...

Working as a Contract Researcher

Working for a university, but only in a part-time capacity? Seeking work with a university? Perhaps you’re bored with your current post, or feel the need to try your luck in industry without taking a huge risk?

Attracting and Retaining the Best Talent

An academic working in a university today is required to wear many ‘hats’ that include demonstrable skills in teaching, research and administration, in addition to management skills (depending on seniority). Universities need to develop...

International Women's Day: Women in Academia

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we also reflect on inspirational women working in Academia at the moment who have told their stories and ambitions for gender equality.

Maximising Your Subject’s Appeal

Open day visits offer a fantastic opportunity for subject areas to really get ahead of the game when it comes to recruitment. So here are five suggestions about how you might make a big splash in a short period of time.

Coping With Rising Student Expectations

Since the introduction of student fees, students are paying more than ever for their university education and expect a certain level of return on investment. The relationship between students and academics needs to be carefully managed...

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