Academics Anonymous: ‘Why are you doing a PhD at your age?

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 Older PhD students rarely get the chance to teach. Photograph: Garry Weaser for the Guardian At virtually every conference I’ve attended as a doctoral candidate, I’ve noticed a similar reaction whenever I strike up a conversation with my fellow students. They exude a faint, but perceptible air of deference. Sadly, this is not in recognition of my academic brilliance, but […]

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Research impact: how academics can grab policy makers’ attention

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 How can academics get politicians to take note of their findings? Photograph: Pool/Reuters As academics face increased pressure to prove the impact that their research is having on the wider world, universities are considering how they can communicate more effectively with policymakers. There are fundamental problems that confront the relationship between academics and politicians. The rules, incentives and institutional architectures […]

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Survival guide for new academics: Getting the best out of your training and research

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Aspiring academics face many difficulties in the early stages of their studies, but there is plenty that can be done to avoid these pitfalls  The ultimate survival kit for new academics? Picking a supervisor you get on with is more essential. Photograph: Roger Tooth for the Guardian Enormous changes are about to engulf the British university system, including funding cuts […]

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