Postgraduate and early-career

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Josiah Marineau on the importance of giving a purpose to students’ passion

Marx and Engels

Early career researchers are the ‘working class of higher education’, writes Elisabeth Julie Vargo  

Man with giant pen

Pragya Agarwal considers what aspiring doctoral students can do to make their application stand out from the rest

University lecturer

For National Postdoc Appreciation Week, we take a look through our archive of advice and information for early career researchers 

careers book

Leru says that commission’s focus should be on improving scholars’ employment prospects


Universities’ shabby treatment of casual academics flies in the face of their professed commitment to education and dignity, says Jedidiah Evans

Stressed admissions tutor

A national postgraduate admissions system would allow universities to improve planning, enhance student satisfaction and widen participation, says Michelle Morgan


Mike Smith reveals six of the most useful pieces of advice he has been able to give his PhD students over the years

Tuition fee hike

Researchers reveal huge differences in charges levied by Russell Group universities 

Student withdrawing money from ATM

Variations in the Russell Group demonstrate a mixed national picture, write Joshua Stubbs and Paul Wakeling

Harp lesson
Tips on how to master the art of small group teaching
railway track

Staff covering for academics on leave are often given no time to conduct research themselves

Personal development

Many UK doctoral students view professional development as a ‘distraction’ or a ‘waste of time’, says study

Blindfolded people

More than half of doctoral candidates surveyed at one university reported “abnormal” levels of stress and depression

Kayaker and jet skiiers

Nazima Kadir’s social circle reveals a range of alternative careers for would-be scholars, and often with better rewards than academia

Sze-Yin Tan

Monash-Warwick Alliance graduate researched chemistry PhD in England and Australia

Capsized woman and boat

Early career academics can be left to sink or swim when navigating the choppy waters of learning scholarly writing. Helen Sword says a more formal, communal approach can help everyone, especially women

Cambridge bikes

University cites Brexit as factor causing financial uncertainty – but also as recruitment ‘opportunity’

Twenty-one countries attend annual meeting to showcase progress of multimillion-pound Deltas initiative

Kenya higher education

Higher education regulator's new rules aim to drive up standards within sector