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University staff may often write letters of recommendation in a very gendered way, warns Dame Athene Donald

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UK universities can now ‘feel confident’ in recruiting postgraduate students for 2017-18, says RCUK chair

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Five top European academics offer advice on how to mentor, manage and expand a research team

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Minority groups still not represented at professorial level by 2080, study suggests

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Male scholars turn to alcohol to stave off impostor feelings

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Our experts reveal how they seek to choose the right person for the job when faced with a pile of flawless CVs and glowing references

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Students and lecturers join forces for a national demonstration over cuts, fee rises and the plight of EU staff and students post-Brexit

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In the first of a new series of articles, leading academics and university administrators will share tips on how to get ahead in higher education. Here, those involved in hiring explain how to handle a Skype interview

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What links the anxious, fearful undergraduate and the anxious, fearful academic? Pervasive precarity, argues Matthew Vernon

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Scholars share what the title means to them and offer the newly promoted advice on handling the status update

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It’s not just EU nationals that universities should worry about losing, says Timothy Devinney, and a shrinking pound won’t help

Starting a PhD might feel like beginning a journey into uncharted territory, so having a clear sense of direction in the first 100 days is vital, explain Kevin O’Gorman and Robert MacIntosh

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As meritocratic approach to education finds favour in UK, academic argues its dystopian original meaning has come to pass in China

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UUK must help advance equality at the front of the lecture hall through loan write-offs and conferences, says Geraldine Van Bueren

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We all need good advice – the problem is making sure you know where to find it, and how to accept it, says John Tregoning

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We speak to the head of Nanyang Technological University about the rise of Asia, what it’s like being a European leading a Singaporean institution, and barbecue chicken

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Graduate teachers will be placed on the university’s pay scale and receive the same employment benefits as other staff


A new report suggests standards by which departments may consider social media and other public communications in promotion decisions

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Internal analysis finds women earn 10.5 per cent less than men of similar experience and research productivity

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Christopher Phelps surveys a field that lends itself to interdisciplinarity, while a British scholar laments that UK institutions prefer Americans for Americanists