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In the last few weeks, university staff who are members of the USS pension scheme have faced further uncertainty about the future of their pension. A somewhat contentious valuation by USS has led to talk of a significant deficit and the need for increased contributions from members and employers, a possible reduction in the benefits and perhaps ultimately, the loss of the defined benefit element of the scheme (the bit that means your pension is based on your salary and the number of years you’ve paid in rather than how well a pot of money has performed in the markets). Read the rest of this entry »

I’ve been thinking about the nature of success:

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I’ve been working in HE for five years and I have to admit, whilst I have no doubt that ‘success’ abounds (degrees completed, research grants awarded, public engaged with etc.) far too many people don’t recognise it if it doesn’t look (to them) big enough. In many of my day to day encounters people will talk in terms of what hasn’t been done, what is going to be ‘too hard’ or what they got wrong. Read the rest of this entry »

 

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Dignified wolf…

Over the bank holiday weekend, I said goodbye to the  world’s best dog. There’s almost certainly a shed-load of peer-reviewed research to back that up, but I can’t find it just now, okay? Just, you know, take my word for it that Madge was, objectively speaking,  the world’s best dog.

She was very old and creaky, and had recently started to get significant pain in her joints. She had a morning of eating her favourite treats, playing with squeaky toys and being treated like royalty, then she went to sleep in the sunshine, surrounded by her humans. Without a doubt, it was the right decision at the right time. Knowing that didn’t make it any less heartbreaking, however.

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I worked as a lecturer, in the NHS for a few years, developing the existing staff for management roles. On the courses were a variety of healthcare professionals e.g. radiographers, physiotherapists, dieticians etc. and many of them had the same gripe.

They loved helping patients with their specialist knowledge and expertise, but the only promotion available was to become a manager and move away from doing the job they loved.

They felt this was a waste of all their years of training but if they wanted to gain a more senior position and earn more money, then a management position was the only way to go. Read the rest of this entry »

I had a re-read of all the blogs and a theme running through a good number is that, particularly for aspiring academics, there is a need to:

• Seek feedback
• Network
• Sell yourself
• Engage with employers / business
• Write
• Create a good image
• Have a (positive) reputation
• Lead
• Teach
• Gain income
• Get published
• (many more!)

Truth be told, this is the list for successful careers in academia but if colleagues in professional services or people looking for a career beyond academia had to write a list of all the things to do and be at once, they’d, I’m sure, have as many.

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