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Dave Sayers shares his tips on how to boost productivity

The week in higher education cartoon (28 January 2015)

The good, the bad and the offbeat: the academy through the lens of the national press

Academics need to recognise that a linear career progression is no longer the norm, says William Locke

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With the latest data showing that just 17 professors in the UK are black women, two explain how a new award will help more ethnic minority staff thrive

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Higher Education Academy report proposes a raft of changes to help improve reward and recognition of good teaching at universities

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University of Reading research finds link between undergraduate satisfaction and ethnicity of lecturers

Record number of universities feature in this year’s Stonewall Top 100 Employers list

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Some surveys show faculty putting in at least 60 hours a week, but research casts doubt on whether this is a productive routine

David Bowie

Martin James owes his love of writing, and his university career, to the late music legend

University of Bedfordshire researcher reveals the damaging consequences of never being able to ‘switch off’

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Jenny McDonald examines the response to calls for academics who are not highly productive researchers to be given more recognition 

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Depictions of conferences as being dull and exhausting make it ‘almost impossible’ to imagine them as places of intellectual engagement, scholar warns

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The most popular higher education articles of the year, based on website traffic

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Role of lecturers who play a key part in teaching and administration should get more recognition, according to study

Maria Hinfelaar, appointed vice-chancellor of Glyndwr University

President of Limerick Institute of Technology to join North Wales university in April

Boys taking part in uphill race, Brockworth, Gloucestershire

But despite increased income, academics increasingly employed on teaching-only contracts, says King’s College London study

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Juggling multiple departmental roles on top of teaching and research can leave new lecturers feeling ‘punch-drunk’, explains new appointee Richard Budd

Olivia Vivian on balance beam, Commonwealth Games, 2014

Even academics in ‘safe’ positions are feeling insecure

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Study suggests students taught by academics with teaching qualifications are more likely to pass, but less likely to get first-class scores

Gender balance

Official figures show gap fell 2.4 percentage points for full-time staff