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Gold miners appear after being trapped underground at a mine in Carltonville, west of Johannesburg. Managing their safety has been a major issue as South Africa has among the deepest and most dangerous mines. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Lessons learnt from taking sides as a sociologist in unjust times

When sociologists, driven by their value commitments, go beyond the relative comfort of the classroom and engage with organisations outside the university, they dirty their hands.
Too many academic careers are shaped around writing journal articles nobody reads and planning twice-weekly lectures to a diminishing class of students. flickr/Sixth Lie

Shift away from ‘publish or perish’ puts the public back into publication

Prime Minister Turnbull has signalled a desire to move away from a 'publish or perish' academic culture toward one that prioritises public impact and engagement. It's a challenge scholars should embrace.
Why did people make their personal information so easily available to a company that facilitates cheating? Johan Viirok

Is there a teaching moment in the Ashley Madison hack?

In the Ashley Madison hack were reports of 74,468 unique ".edu" email addresses. If people chose to use their .edu addresses, what does that tell us about awareness of privacy online?
Germany’s universities have two academics classes: professors and everyone else. meironke/flickr

Explainer: how Europe does academic tenure

The routes for academics to become professors are different in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK.

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