The following insights relate specifically to challenges facing academic researchers due to changes in the sector and highlight areas of disruption or change to the UK research landscape.
It is easy to get disheartened when thinking about research in academic careers. The endless quest for funding, the sense of wasted effort and feeling wounded when we are rejected. In this post I offer an alternative, positive way of thinking about research in academic careers. This is based on two principles:
Women leaders are literally changing the HE game from inside out. But what heralded this ‘irresistible rise of women’ into higher education?
Many Early Career Researchers (ECRs) working in higher education institutions (HEIs) might tell you that simply running the gauntlet between research and teaching did not adequately prepare them for a career in academia.
Whatever your back story that brought you to academia, being a professor is not a random career. It takes tenacity, strategic focus, publications and lots of late nights and tears. To make it there are 3 vital things you need to know.
If like most Early Career Researchers (ECRs), you have relied on traditional face-to-face conference schmoozing, and the academic’s own ‘art of the deal’ to grow your network, then 2020 was nothing short of a nightmare.
Zoom teaching is more like being on TV than being in a classroom. Think about the TV hosts that you love to watch. A good TV host has to watch themselves to improve their game – but they watch footage after they have shot it, not while they are talking to the camera.
Writing scientific papers for publication in academic journals is something you’re going to have to do during an academic career. Being faced with a lab book full of results and a blank screen is challenging and for many researchers, this can be compounded by English not being their first language….>
With coronavirus, we are living in strange and worrying times. We don’t know how long this will last, but we know that it will pass and education will resume. However, to what extent things will be the same and return to ‘normal’ is a matter of some debate. The current…>
In an earlier article, I wrote about planning for teaching sessions. In the next few articles, I will provide overviews of some teaching and learning methods you might consider. Discussion is frequently taken for granted, perhaps regarded as just ‘having a chat’ with students or, worse still, derided as not…>