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  • The dos and don’ts of nailing an academic job interview

    • 19 Jul 2021
    • Lucas Lixinski

    Interviewing for a job is not a skill we’re trained for in academia, so here are a few tips from a professor who has been on both sides of the interview divide

  • Will UK PM’s new science council start ‘picking winners’?

    • 15 Jul 2021
    • Jack Grove

    Boris Johnson’s new ministerial council has revived discussion over who controls science spending and whether industrial strategy requires government to start ‘picking winners’

  • But is it research? Artists fight for official recognition

    • 15 Jul 2021
    • David Matthews

    Performance can help explore academic questions, say advocates, but the field still lacks full acceptance in the corridors of power and policymaking

  • Research intelligence: how researchers flipped fieldwork online

    • 15 Jul 2021
    • Jack Grove

    With social distancing scuppering traditional fieldwork, social scientists were forced to adapt their research methods. Jack Grove finds out how they managed

  • Sheffield ‘turned down £10 milllion’ for apprenticeships

    • 15 Jul 2021
    • John Morgan

    After claims Sheffield leaders aim to be ‘M&S, not Aldi’ brand, critics point to earlier withdrawal from AMRC training centre extension

  • Fears for UK research as EU postdoc applications dry up

    • 15 Jul 2021
    • Jack Grove

    Senior scientists say severe shortage of junior scientists from European Union threatens quality of UK research

  • Predatory journals undermining PhD by publication route

    • 15 Jul 2021
    • John Ross

    Australian university limits journals accepted for doctorates amid mounting concern among academics

  • Overseas scholars increasingly jittery about travel to China

    • 15 Jul 2021
    • Joyce Lau

    Recent detentions may put a dampener on field research and outreach, even if borders reopen

  • Research on viruses is essential but can never be risk-free

    • 15 Jul 2021
    • David Sanders

    There is still much controversy about whether the virus that causes Covid-19 was released from a laboratory. David Sanders considers the nature of ‘gain-of-function’ research, what it can teach us – and the safeguards we need to put in place

  • Does the rise of AI spell the end of education?

    • 15 Jul 2021
    • John Ross

    Artificial intelligence will soon be able to research and write essays as well as humans can. So will genuine education be swept away by a tidal wave of cheating – or is AI just another technical aid that teaching and assessment will evolve to take account of? John Ross reports

  • Interview with Wolfgang Warsch

    • 15 Jul 2021
    • David Matthews

    The former Austrian molecular biologist explains how a boring childhood was an advantage, why he switched careers and how designing board games is like basic research

  • Suited and booted for the campus return, or is scruffy the new norm?

    • 28 Jun 2021
    • Sebastian Oliver, Ben Marder

    Academics are not known for their killer dress sense, but it can affect everything from course evaluations to perceived competence, say Sebastian Oliver and Ben Marder

  • Teaching intelligence: assisting those who lost out on learning

    • 28 Jun 2021
    • Anna McKie

    The pandemic has not hit all students’ learning equally. Anna McKie talks to two experts on how to spot those who may have fallen behind and help them get up to speed

  • Gag clauses ‘becoming the norm’ in Australian redundancies

    • 28 Jun 2021
    • John Ross

    Covid redundancy terms include non-disclosure and non-disparagement obligations, as corporate HR culture captures universities

  • Supply shortages snarl US laboratories

    • 28 Jun 2021
    • Paul Basken

    Problem threatens to delay recovery after losses in grant support and obstacles for young scientists

  • #IchbinHanna: German researchers snap over lack of permanent jobs

    • 28 Jun 2021
    • David Matthews

    Scholars, fed up with decades of living from contract to contract, force government to remove video that seemed to celebrate insecurity

  • Lifelong loan restrictions for non-STEM subjects ‘make no sense’

    • 28 Jun 2021
    • John Morgan

    Former Tory minister warns using ELQ rule in government’s planned skills revolution would block careers in key sectors like fashion

  • English universities face major losses under fee cut plan

    • 28 Jun 2021
    • Simon Baker

    Analysis by THE shows how specialist institutions would bear brunt of impact

  • Researchers ‘plot promotions using conference collusion rings’

    • 28 Jun 2021
    • Jack Grove

    Secret lists of preferred papers have been circulated prior to computer science meetings to help favoured scholars get ahead, says US professor

  • Who are you calling a pseudoscientist?

    • 28 Jun 2021
    • Michael D. Gordin

    Academics need to think far more carefully about how they define and police the boundaries between legitimate and illegitimate knowledge, argues Michael D. Gordin