Postgraduate and early-career

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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

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Lecturer Rachel Moss on the casualties of a demanding academic culture

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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


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

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