Homosexuality and homophobia

Kieran Fenby-Hulse asks whether being gay limits opportunities for researchers

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Rejection hurts more when you don't have a long-term contract to fall back on, says Helen Lees

Wendy Piatt, Russell Group

Elite universities are unhappy that new rules targeting charities and big business will hit institutions hard, says Wendy Piatt

Kazakh couple in fairy tale dress

Getting a permanent job is only the beginning, not a fairy-tale ending, says Helen De Cruz

Andrew Sachs singing as 'Manuel', Fawlty Towers

Pervasive claims that non-native speakers of English are unfairly discriminated against by publishers are rebutted by linguistics expert

Young mother studying at home with baby

Gaining a PhD is a tough act for most students, so how do those with new babies cope while having the additional demands of parenthood?

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Ucea says additional payroll pressures and market instability means uplift is ‘at the limit of affordability’ for many institutions

The week in higher education cartoon (17 March 2016)

The good, the bad and the offbeat: the academy through the lens of the world’s media

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Several research-intensive universities are on list, but many institutions dispute the findings

Black academic in lecture theatre

Winston Morgan explores what his career might reveal about the position of ethnic minority academics

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As the social media platform celebrates its 10th anniversary, Jack Grove examines how it has changed doctoral study

People paddling in floating Volkswagen camper van

A new law to support early career researchers has reopened arguments over limits on the use of short-term contracts in the country

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Non-EU citizens took one in five new posts over past decade, leaving 40 per cent of posts for UK researchers, Hefce figures show

gender pay gap

Institutions are criticised in UCU report for allowing 'shameful levels of pay inequality' to persist

Paul Webley, Soas, University of London

Professor Webley was ‘inspired leader’ and will be ‘sorely missed’, say colleagues of the acclaimed academic

Gender symbols drawn on Post-it notes

The share of women in management or governor roles has steadily increased over the past two years, analysis shows

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Matthew Reisz reflects on the challenges of the obituary writer

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Heather Mendick shares her experience of escaping the constraints of the university

Jedward perform

Students tend to nominate entertaining or ‘sexy’ academics, says paper


Selling yourself can sometimes be quite difficult for academics, but as John Tregoning argues, scientific salesmanship could be vital for career progression