Careers

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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

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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

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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

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

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

how to get published academic paper journal

Kevin O'Gorman offers 10 tips on securing your first academic publication

Next University of St Andrews principal Sally Mapstone

Oxford pro vice-chancellor Sally Mapstone to take on role vacated by Louise Richardson

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Leaving the EU would damage international partnerships vital to research excellence, v-cs say in letter to national newspaper

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Study suggests there may be long-term benefits from publishing, but critics warn of ‘too much, too soon’

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Extra contributions are likely to cost many university staff more than £1,000 a year, analysis shows

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Advice on how to cope with all the work and when to say no to opportunities

strangest questions asked about your PhD

Doctoral student Ana Kedveš asked her colleagues to submit the strangest questions they have faced

Witness Dzobo at work in Ebola treatment centre, Sierra Leone

From the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to special needs education in the UK, more mid-career professionals are taking professional doctorates

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Researcher recommends reassessing selection criteria for PhD funding as several great scientists did not gain a first or a 2:1

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Biology lecturer Anne Osterrieder reflects on the importance of solitude for academics

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Bosses’ pay rose by 3 per cent on average to £272,432, according to a new University and College Union report