Category Archives: Academic Development

Survey of Academic Staff at QMUL

Following up from my post last month about CROS, this month I’d like to state the case for the analogous survey for Academic Staff at QMUL. The Principal Investigator and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS) gathers views and experiences from academic … Continue reading

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The Case for Offline Postdoctoral Mentoring

Most attempts to define the concept of mentoring come to a broad consensus that involves the transfer of “knowledge, social capital, psycho-social support […] between a person who is perceived to have greater relevant knowledge, wisdom, or experience (the mentor) … Continue reading

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Building relationships to inform government policy

One of the keys to a successful academic career is networking. Did you hear that? It was barely audible; the sound of academic disengagement. It’s not the full on (academic) disgust that you hear when someone presents already published research … Continue reading

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Research Mentoring in Higher Education: pros and cons, rights and wrongs?

Mentoring schemes are becoming a common means of supporting developing researchers in higher education. Here at QMUL, a variety programmes are running or being piloted in our Schools and Institutes, aimed at all levels from students, to early-career researchers, to … Continue reading

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How to get an academic job: Insights from 24 interviews by postgraduate researchers conducted with academics

The progression to the higher rungs of the academic ladder happens to as few as 0.45% of those who enter UK academia as PhD graduates in the sciences.  Looking at this another way, to those who go on to do a … Continue reading

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