Academics find themselves in a world filled with people who aren’t interested in facts.
Populist movements are on the rise. Their supporters distrust the establishment, elites, authority and official sources. The post-truth world is a post-expert world.
One of these is a human, the other not. Can you tell the difference?
Experts may be dismissed when they express values, offer advice or make mistakes. But these expectations are unreasonable and unhelpful.
Universities can take a stand.
Despite the claims of populist politicians, academics and experts can drive positive social change.
And to the left of your university…
University professionals have a mix of views – just like the rest of society.
Women and early career academics are more likely to take up these teaching-only roles.
Teaching-only positions are perceived as second class, with few opportunities for research or career progression.
A group thought.
Undemocratic? Bureaucratic? The EU and universities have plenty in common.
Many academics are falling prey to predatory journals.
Everything you need to know about predatory publishers.
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Ridiculed and ignored in 2016, what can the 'dismal science' offer us now?
In celebration of academic books.
The success of One Nation in this year’s election is part of the populist push.
Academic analysis is often ignored – and this is an indictment not of readers, but of academics.
The campus community can have different cyber priorities.
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Cyber threats are universal. But the appropriate response may be quite different in academia from what works in the corporate world.
More is less in the world of research publications.
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The traditional mode of publishing scientific research faces much criticism – primarily for being too slow and sometimes shoddily done. Maybe fewer publications of higher quality is the way forward.
Academic researchers need funding – especially as the federal government devotes less to basic research.
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With federal support for on-campus R&D dwindling as a percentage of GDP, keeping basic research afloat is a challenge. Schools and researchers are left to try to fill in the funding gaps.
There’s growing pressure for academics to get outside their comfort zones and to share their research with the broader public.
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Academics are getting out of touch with the rest of society. This helps explains the sorry state of our public discourse on science.
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Brexit, and proposed changes to the way research is assessed, are making Britain uncompetitive in the global race for academic talent.
PhD graduates should aim for careers in industry.
Australia produces thousands of PhD graduates every year but many will find it hard to secure a university career. So we should do more to help them consider a career outside of academia.
The numerical basis used to study African economies suffers from major knowledge gaps. This needs to improve if numbers are to inform policies that will encourage growth and push back poverty.
Embarking on the path to a PhD is a scary business.
Many people are left floundering when they try to get working on their PhDs. In Africa, this is often because the skills they need haven't been developed earlier in their academic careers.
Thumbs up to expert opinion.
Beware dumbing down.
Does citing a scholar run the risk of being perceived as validating not only the research, but the researcher?
Scholars have long encountered skeletons in the academic closets of peers and intellectual heroes. But is there a point where a scholar's behaviour is so taboo that their research should be consigned to the academic junk pile?