Careers

Bertil Andersson, Nanyang Technological University (NTU)

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

Goslings under wing

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

Network

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

Workmen repairing a lift

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

Head of Statue of Liberty, New York City

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

Recruiter browsing photos of potential candidates

Headhunters are far from lazy and harmful, says Kim Frost, who uses them all the time

Young couple walking along canal with reflection on water

Walking supervision sessions around Birmingham and pub-based academic chats have won praise from PhD candidates

University students working on a patentable invention

Competition for postdoctoral fellowships is fierce, so your application needs to stand out as realistic, coherent and compelling. Here, five Stanford University scientists reveal 10 tips from their own experiences when attempting to secure a place

Headhunters

Lacking insight and seeking only enrichment, search firms deliver obvious, uninspiring candidates, argues a business school professor

Women sitting at giant table

‘Too early’ to say if employer and employee contributions will have to be increased again, says chief executive

UCU dispute board

Effectiveness and impact of one-day strikes targeted at university graduation and open days also questioned by expert and employers

Man crowd surfing on inflatable bed, Bestival 2015, Isle of Wight

Sites like Patreon and Kickstarter allow backers to fund independent scholars, but for now, the sums are small

Career progression, woman walking across stepping stones in water

Progressing from junior faculty to tenured professor is extremely difficult, but following ‘action-oriented’ competencies can help, research suggests

Fork in the Road

Eight years ago, Carol Hay and John Kaag took the same position at the same university, and their lives since then offer fascinating insight into academic career progression 

Scientist writing in notebook in laboratory

All scientists can improve their writing skills by realising that they need to sell as well as tell the story, says author of new guide

smiley, laugh, happy, funny, silly, face, faces

Scholars should cheer up and learn to take the rough with the smooth, says John Tregoning

Tsinghua University students riding bicycles on campus

New book explores the anxieties of Peking and Tsinghua students caught between their parents, the Communist Party and new Western ideas about education

A tightrope walker

Academic precarity is a special kind of ‘torture’, observes Siobhan O'Dwyer, but scholarly life is not all doom and gloom

Johannes Haushofer lists failures in attempt to 'balance the record' on how he climbed the greasy pole of academia

Elvis Presley impersonator in Sao Paulo, Brazil

Most research isn't rocket science, so just do your best, says Beth McMillan