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…>
First impressions count and a well-planned and well-delivered introduction to your teaching and learning session will set the tone for the rest of the session.
You might immediately think of working in the environmental sector, but an ethical career can have a much wider scope. In the broadest sense, it means working for a company or organisation that has a positive impact on the world. This can be through employment, social enterprise or by setting up your own company.
Associate lecturers provide teaching at universities without being on a permanent contract. As an associate, you would typically deliver a few hours of work weekly such as marking, delivering seminars or lecturing to larger classes. It comes with some unparalleled opportunities and complex challenges.
An essential skill for any successful academic career is writing grant proposals to secure funding for your research. Securing grants is a competitive process so you need your proposals to be able to stand out from other aspiring and successful academic researchers.
Our modern world can be a tough place to navigate. Higher Education students face a real mix of challenges. At an often tender age, transitioning into HE and leaving familiar things behind, they have to face the extra pressure of higher fees, a challenging job market and an uncertain economy….>