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So, this post is partly reflection and partly a bubbling over of my enthusiasm for the University’s upcoming celebration of thirty years of staff development.

Take a good look at the logo below as I am optimistic you will see it all over campus during November!


Since June, I have been part of a cross-discipline working group made up of colleagues from Professional Services and academic departments to turn a passing idea of, “wouldn’t it be good to celebrate the 30th anniversary of staff development?” into a reality.

Some of the group I knew, some were new introductions but what struck me most was: Read the rest of this entry »

As a UK-based researcher you might be interested in working in academia outside the UK, whether in a permanent role or just to broaden your experience before resuming a career at home. Given the international nature of the postgraduate student body, the fact that employers recruit globally to academic and research posts and the long tradition of British PhDs undertaking post-docs abroad, there’s a good chance that you’ll be able to find someone in your own institution who’s been there and can advise you on how to go about looking for a job in your chosen country. Read the rest of this entry »

This post is written in reflection after reading a recent paper in Studies in Higher Education (Hancock & Walsh, 2014)

Do you know what the ‘knowledge economy’ is? It’s the idea of viewing expertise, skills, and knowledge as an asset with a tangible value, like, it’s a currency that is export/importable and transferable across the UK and the wider global economy.

pipesSo how does it work, how do we transmit the skills and knowledge the nation needs to where it’s needed? Well, thanks to the recommendations of the Roberts’ review, we create highly skilled boundary-pushing subject experts within university PhD programmes, and train them to be good at both realising how ace they are, and communicating why and how they do what they do to others. So when they graduate they take that knowledge, and those skills, and apply it in other sectors, into business, into industry, into wherever the demand for experienced really smart people arises.

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A guest post by Dr Beth Hellen. Catch her @phdgeek – and read her blog here – Tunnelling Through Academia

On a sunny day lasRutgerst October I stepped off a plane at JFK airport to begin a new postdoc research position in the States, and everything changed. Or actually, mostly, it didn’t.

The experience of being a postdoc abroad can vary widely depending on the country you go to and moving to the east coast of the USA is a fairly easy ride as far as postdocs in a foreign country go. There is so much cross-pollination of culture between the two countries that many aspects of life are exactly the same. Of course that means that the things that are different are much more likely to broadside you if you’re not looking out!

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