Postgraduate and early-career

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Overseas students in UK are more likely to recommend studying in the country than those in other nations

Brain, logic, thinking

Steven Franklin lays bare the questions and doubts that go through his mind as he sits down to work on his thesis

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Despite all that’s been done to improve doctoral study, horror stories keep coming. Here three students relate PhD nightmares while two academics advise on how to ensure a successful supervision

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The need to accommodate foreign students undermines domestic practices, says Lincoln Allison, spying parallels between UK universities and global sports bodies such as Fifa

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Objections to co-authorship with juniors display a misguided sense of ethics, say Mark Hayter and Roger Watson

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Universities around the world looking closely at employment rights and research engagement of doctoral candidates

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Giving employee rights to doctoral candidates seen as key step to make life in academia more attractive, Holly Else writes

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Students are being hoodwinked into enrolling on ‘trendy’ new degree programmes that are, according to one concerned academic, little more than a marketing exercise

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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

Michael Parkin illustration (9 March 2017)

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