Postgraduate and early-career

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Two academics explain how to beat some of the typical anxieties associated with a doctoral degree
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Covering interview travel expenses creates financial hardships for early career academics, says Rachel Yoho


Supervisors should be trained to spot the first sign of a problem, says Chris Havergal

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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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Institutions told they have a ‘culture of excluding postgraduates’ in wake of damning study

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Conference hears how University of Adelaide uses metrics to improve performance

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More money and competition for tenure has helped country’s young researchers progress

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Government analysis finds most academics think postgraduate research standards have held steady or improved

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Fiona Dobbie is loving life as a PhD student, and hopes any midlife crisis it represents will end on graduation day

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Cramming study into the shortest possible time will impoverish the student experience and drive an even greater wedge between research-enabled permanent staff and the growing underclass of flexible teaching staff, says Tom Cutterham

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More UK and EU students begin master’s programmes, but Indian and Nigerian enrolments fall

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Duke University’s Valerie Ashby says institutions must be more ‘intentional’ about finding ethnic minority PhD candidates

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On University Mental Health Day, Geoffrey Cantor calls on institutions to significantly expand their mental health provision

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Scholars report higher levels of depressive symptoms and social withdrawal

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Structured writing groups could have a transformative effect on the morale and productivity of early career scholars, says Alice Kelly

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Working with other academics can be tricky so follow some key rules, say Kevin O'Gorman and Robert MacIntosh

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But professor says Trump presidency might now provide ‘incentive’ for junior scholars to ask ‘important questions’

Ministry hopes to increase quality of doctorates

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Research grant available but institution job 'normally' required before applying

Doctoral study can seem like a 24-7 endeavour, but don't ignore these other opportunities, advise Robert MacIntosh and Kevin O'Gorman