Careers

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Coping with negative feedback can be difficult, but it is a crucial part of being an academic, say Kevin O’Gorman and Robert MacIntosh

Welcome to Canada

International professors on short stays will no longer need a work permit

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Understanding the etiquette, subtext and routines of academic interviews can help applicants get the job, say Kevin O’Gorman and Robert MacIntosh

THE v-c pay survey 2017

In our annual survey of vice-chancellors’ pay, which reveals double-digit hikes for some and more modest rises for others, Simon Baker examines how remuneration committees make their decisions amid calls for greater transparency over the ‘arbitrary’ nature of salary increases

Researchers

Changing academic environment prompts rethink of globally influential employment support guidelines 

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Endless bureaucratic reorganisations in universities are increasing stress levels of academics, says Gail Kinman

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Alex Holmes was surprised by the reaction of some of his colleagues when he took shared parental leave

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Sector-wide initiative led by Science Council seeks to address ‘overlooked’ part of academic workforce

Retirement, old, senior,

There is no evidence that mandatory retirement achieves its aims, argues Paul Ewart 

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Researchers have triggered another vote over rules they believe to be ‘unlawful’ and ‘unfair’

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Learned societies used to be seen as the guardians of academic prestige. They should act on that moral authority and reclaim their oversight of peer review, says Aileen Fyfe

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Terry Dray explains what other institutions can learn from Liverpool John Moores University’s recent review of career development services

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Robert MacIntosh and Kevin O’Gorman explain how to negotiate your annual performance and development review

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Seven academic leaders share their experiences at the departmental helm along with their tips on how to squeeze the best out of sceptical staff and meagre budgets – and still find time for research

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Augmented reality and game-based learning among the innovations set to transform higher education

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US study suggests women perform more ‘service’ work in universities

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Female-authored papers up to three times more readable but published half a year later
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How to get it right when you first have to stand up in front of a class
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What should have been a straightforward application for leave to remain in the UK turned into a Kafkaesque nightmare for University of St Andrews’ lecturer Emily Michelson, whose research trip to Italy proved too much for visa administrators to handle

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Summarising your journal paper effectively helps to ensure that it reaches the right audience