Postgraduate and early-career

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Number of first-year students from India, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria all down
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Fixing problems in the academic job market by reducing the number of PhDs would homogenise the sector, argues Tom Cutterham

Matthew Reisz on when the worlds of higher education and graphic novels collide

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Billy Bryan and Josh Berlyne are not convinced by the UK government’s doctoral loans plan

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Off to an academic conference? Helena Ledmyr offers some tricks to getting the most out of attending a scholarly gathering

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Many early career researchers have ‘not gone to the library for years’, according to report

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Junior academics can access services without physically visiting premises, writes Holly Else

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Overleaf’s John Hammersley on what drove his doctorate and transition from universities to industry

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UK universities can now ‘feel confident’ in recruiting postgraduate students for 2017-18, says RCUK chair

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Minority groups still not represented at professorial level by 2080, study suggests

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Funding conference attendance out of your own pocket? Don't worry – there are ways to make back the cash through other academic activities. Catherine Fletcher explains.

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Selecting the right doctorate is crucial for success. Robert MacIntosh and Kevin O'Gorman share top 10 tips on how to pick a PhD

One year shaved off time to degree under new national framework

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French cartoonist finds rich comic potential in the PhD she never finished

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Research suggests low self-efficacy among graduate students increases writing anxiety

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Doctoral students who downplay their part-time status forget that they excel in key ways, says Rebecca Gelding

Starting a PhD might feel like beginning a journey into uncharted territory, so having a clear sense of direction in the first 100 days is vital, explain Kevin O’Gorman and Robert MacIntosh

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University of Auckland student claims the top prize for Universitas 21 3MT competition 

Taking an unconventional route after studying for a doctorate should not be seen as a failure, says Fiona Whelan

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Gayle Munro on the disparaging comment that fuelled her thesis and the perception that non-traditional doctoral students lack commitment