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One of the most important issues in Higher Education at the moment is the REF, the acronym by which the Research Excellence Framework is usually known.

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Academia can leave researchers feeling powerless to control their career, moving from a degree to PhD to post-doc without thinking about it. However, it then gets a lot more difficult to continue on this track.

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Poster presentations are a way of explaining your research interests at large conferences. They are used mostly in scientific and sometimes social science subject areas. Here are some tips on preparing a good poster

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Is an Academic Career for me?

Choosing a career is always a life-changing decision. Would you like to be a university lecturer? Here are some key questions to ask yourself when deciding whether lecturing might be for you.

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