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What should ECRs and PhDers consider when choosing a conference? Purpose, cost, and motivation

What should ECRs and PhDers consider when choosing a conference? Purpose, cost, and motivation | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

For many early-career researchers and those studying for a PhD, settling on which conference(s) to attend can be a tough and fraught decision. So what is the most important thing to consider? Pat Thomson suggests three answers to this question, covering why you believe you should go to an event, whether it represents value for money, and whether or not you truly want to go. (...) - Blog LSE 'Impact of Social Sciences', by Pat Thompson, 2017/09/08

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[UK] Universities are using casual contracts to put profit before people

[UK] Universities are using casual contracts to put profit before people | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

There is a place for casualised work in academia but it is becoming so widespread that talent is being driven away, and both staff and students suffer (...) - The Guardian via Collectif PAPERA, 10/02/2017

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[France] Wanted: Researchers of Many Talents

[France] Wanted: Researchers of Many Talents | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
In France, researchers are increasingly turning to private sector employers. While R&D remains their main job market, other departments are also interested in hiring them, provided they are willing to stretch in new directions.(...) - EducPros, par Jean Chabod-Serieis, 02/09/2016
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Why women earn less: Just two factors explain post-PhD pay gap

Why women earn less: Just two factors explain post-PhD pay gap | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Study of 1,200 US graduates suggests family and choice of doctoral field dents women's earnings. (...) - Nature, by Helen Shen, 20 May 2016

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[UK] Academics! You've got to fight for your right to job security

[UK] Academics! You've got to fight for your right to job security | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Universities want to sell themselves as booming businesses, but the rise of zero-hours contracts is a threat to the sector (...) - The Guardian, by Myka Abramson and Harry Stopes, 1 December 2015

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Backreaction: The plight of the postdocs: Academia and mental health

Backreaction: The plight of the postdocs: Academia and mental health | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

This is the story of a friend of a friend, a man by name Francis who took his life at age 34. Francis had been struggling with manic depression through most of his years as a postdoc in theoretical physics. (...) - BackRe(Action) Blog, June 16 2015

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[Africa] HE Summit to call for more graduates, PhDs and research

Expanding tertiary education enrolment and postgraduate training, and improving low graduation rates and conditions of service for academics, are among the priority issues to be debated at the major African Higher Education Summit being held in Senegal next month, says Dr Beatrice Njenga, head of education at the African Union Commission (...) - University World News, by Wachira Kigotho, 20 February 2015 Issue No:355

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Research and development: Outsourcing trends

US contract research organizations are multiplying to meet drug-makers' outsourcing needs.

 

US drug-makers are outsourcing more and more of their research and development, mainly to contract research organizations, according to figures released in July by the US National Science Foundation (NSF). The shift could be good news for researchers seeking positions in industry. In 1991, pharmaceutical companies spent about US$800 million on external research and development, but that skyrocketed to $13 billion in 2011, says John Jankowski, head of research and development statistics at the NSF. That growth outstrips that of any other sector. In 1991, industrial extramural research spending totalled $3.3 billion, but by 2011, spending had risen to $25.3 billion for domestic companies alone. Pharmaceutical firms' share of that total was 23% in 1991, but ballooned to 51% by 2011. Jankowski says that much of the increase comes from the outsourcing of clinical trials. The number of US contract research organizations has risen to match the demand, from around 800 in 2000 to more than 3,100 by the end of 2011, according to the Tufts Center for the Study of Drug Development in Boston, Massachusetts. - Nature 512, 106, 06 August 2014


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Confessions of an academic in the developing world

Confessions of an academic in the developing world | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Far from western hubs of learning, we face fierce pressure to compete with our peers, often at the expense of research quality.

 

Here is a forewarning: you might not like me. Rest assured, I am not proud of myself either. Maybe you might end up liking me. I do not know for sure, since it is a habit of mine to question myself constantly.

I am incredibly lucky. I earned my PhD in a field of social science from a highly reputable American university. After I finished my degree, I willingly returned to my home country and after a few post-doctoral positions I found a permanent job in one of the freest, best-paid, and prestigious universities. (...) - The Guardian, 26 May 2014

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UK: Low PhD stipends are recruitment 'time bomb'

Warnings have been issued about the future recruitment of British PhD students after the director of a doctoral training centre said he was struggling to recruit because of research council funding cuts, writes Holly Else for Times Higher Education.

Paul Weaver, director of an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council centre for doctoral training at the University of Bristol, said that the resulting low levels of pay for PhD students could not compete with graduate salaries in engineering. (...) - Times higher Education via University World News, 02 May 2014 Issue No:318

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Former German Minister Drops Her Fight to Reclaim Ph.D.

Former German Minister Drops Her Fight to Reclaim Ph.D. | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Annette Schavan says court ruling is final step in plagiarism case.

BERLIN—Former German Education and Research Minister Annette Schavan is giving up her fight to keep her Ph.D. title, she announced today on her website. It marks the end of one of the most hotly debated plagiarism cases here in recent years. (...) - by Kai Kupferschmidt, Science, 10 April 2014

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Why are there so few women tenured professors?

Why are there so few women tenured professors? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Sheryl Sandberg asks: "Why are there so few women leaders.", and in academia, we wonder: "Why are there so few women tenured professors?".

I'm not qualified to give an answer to this question - and the answer itself is rather complex. But nonetheless, I think we need to ask this question, out and loud - and challenge the status quo. (...) - PhD Talk, by Sheryl Sandberg, March 2, 2014

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US faculties: Inequalities at work

Policy reform needed to boost numbers of minority female science-faculty members.

Women of colour comprised 5.7% of US science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) academic faculty members with doctorates in 2010, a report says; white men made up 58%. Accelerating Change for Women Faculty of Color in STEMadds that the low numbers and restricted advancement of minority women on STEM faculties limit innovation and role models. It notes that university leadership should value diversity, but women of colour must cut time spent on committee service and mentoring, learn how job duties count towards tenure and pay rises, and welcome help, says Barbara Gault, co-author of the report and vice-president of the non-profit Institute for Women's Policy Research in Washington DC. - Nature 504, 179, 04 December 2013

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[Alérie] Censure politique à l’université

[Alérie] Censure politique à l’université | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Pressions et harcèlement contre l’auteure d’une thèse de doctorat


La maître assistante affirme avoir alerté sa hiérarchie universitaire et la tutelle au sujet de “cette hogra caractérisée, de cette violation de la souveraineté du jury” (...) - liberte-algerie.com, par Hamid Saidani, 03/07/2017

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Un Irano-Suisse à Boston: «Harvard m’a déconseillé de sortir des Etats-Unis»

Un Irano-Suisse à Boston: «Harvard m’a déconseillé de sortir des Etats-Unis» | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Venu aux Etats-Unis avec un passeport suisse, Alexandre est également iranien, et donc dans le viseur de l’administration Trump. Il craint ne pas pouvoir revenir en Suisse défendre sa thèse de doctorat (...) - Le Temps, par Valérie de Graffenried, 31/01/2017

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Como o Brasil criou um exército de Doutores desempregados

Alarmante é ver um contingente de Carinhas qualificados, com boas produções, só que desempregados e enfrentando a maior dificuldade financeira de suas vidas. Alguns há anos em bolsas de Pós-Doutorado, sem saberem se essas podem ser cortadas no ano seguinte. Se forem, nenhum mísero centavo de seguro desemprego. Na rua, ponto. (...) - Huffington Post Brasil, Hugo Fernandes-Ferreira, 25/02/2106

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La grande arnaque des moulins à diplômes

La grande arnaque des moulins à diplômes | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Sur Internet, il est possible d’acheter pour quelques centaines de francs son doctorat ou son MBA. (...) - Le temps, par Jean Abbiateci, 17/05/2016

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[UK] Is graduate over-qualification a problem?

A report last week from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, or CIPD, bemoans the problem of graduate over-qualification, stating that the UK has too many over-qualified graduates entering non-graduate jobs, not realising investment in higher education and creating an unnecessary debt burden for too many young people entering the labour market. (...) - University World News, by

Michelle Paterson, 20 August 2015 Issue No:378
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Cancer institute plans new award for staff scientists

Cancer institute plans new award for staff scientists | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Move aimed at stabilizing biomedical research labs during tight budget times.

 

The U.S. National Cancer Institute (NCI) plans to test an idea aimed at bringing stability to biomedical research labs: an award to support scientists who want to spend their careers doing research but don’t want to be the harried principal investigator (PI) who runs the lab and chases research grants. (...) - by Jocelyn Kaiser, Science, 16 March 2015

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Writers' Lab: Writing practices of a postdoc in the sciences

Writers' Lab: Writing practices of a postdoc in the sciences | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Today in the Writers' Lab I have the pleasure of inviting William Alexander, who shares with us his writing habits. William Alexander was born and educated in Missouri. Currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, his interests center on synthetic biology, homebrewing, and child rearing. (...) - PhD Talk, by William Alexander, September 2, 2014

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The View From Both Sides of the Track

The View From Both Sides of the Track | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

How tenure-track faculty members can do more to help in the contingent-labor crisis.

 

While in the middle of my Ph.D. studies, I was on my way back to La Guardia airport after a conference when I had a long discussion with a cab driver. It turned out that he had been a medical doctor in his home country but his qualifications were not recognized in the United States. He had no choice but to find any job he could to make ends meet, even though he had worked as a specialist in pediatric care for years. I remember feeling immense frustration for the waste of his gifts and knowledge. (...) - by Andrea Witzke Slot, The Chronicle of Higher Education, June 18, 2014

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HHMI Hopes to Replicate Program to Produce More Minority Science Ph.D.s

HHMI Hopes to Replicate Program to Produce More Minority Science Ph.D.s | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Penn State and the University of North Carolina get money to copy successful Meyerhoff Scholars Program in Maryland.

Can a hugely successful program to increase the number of U.S. minority students earning advanced science and engineering degrees be exported from its home institution? The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) hopes to find out. (...) - by Jeffrey Mervis, Science, May 20, 2014

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Australia: Young researchers YouTube their work

Each year at its annual conference, the Australian Cooperative Research Centres, or CRC, Association holds a "Showcasing Early Career Researchers" session.

This year for the CRC Association's Innovating with Asia 2014 conference in Perth in May*, 48 researchers - two years out from submitting their PhD to five years after submitting - braved the cameras and shot a 30-second video explaining the topic of their research, what they have done and what it means. (...)  - University World News, 18 April 2014 Issue No:316

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Save Fulbright from an unprecedented $ 30 million cut

Save Fulbright from an unprecedented $ 30 million cut | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
The US Congress has started its deliberations.
Ask Congress NOW to #SaveFulbright by restoring the $ 30 million for the Fulbright Program to the federal budget.
All alums, friends, and supporters of the Fulbright Program are encouraged to sign and share this petition!
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Young scientists globally need more funding, resources

Early career scientists have the intellectual ability needed to develop strong national research and innovation systems, but funding shortages and lack of resources and support are major obstacles hindering their careers, says a report by the Global Young Academy.

The academy, which brings together early career scientists to discuss global research issues and work on international projects, released a pilot reportof their Global State of Young Scientists, or GloSYS, project last month at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities. (...) - University World News, by Munyaradzi Makoni, 07 February 2014 Issue No:306

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