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.
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.
A conservative estimate.
Voters see claim and counter claim about the economic effects of leaving the EU but the overwhelming consensus among economists is that Brexit will make Britons worse off.
In academia, you’ll need to.
With English dominating university life around the world, what are we losing?
Srinivasa Ramanujan (middle) with fellow scientists at Cambridge.
The unlikely friendship that allowed an untrained Indian mathematician to become an acclaimed academic.
Sci-Hub, a free online repository of academic articles, is the subject of a battle at the heart of open access.
Bowl them over.
In the race to apply for research funding, writing statements about future impact can feel like a charade.
Academics must engage with the communities outside the ivory tower.
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Contributing to the public good should be a top priority for public and land grant universities. Here, some ideas on how to match what institutions value with academics' own drive for service.
Beware: free speech can be painful.
Academics must teach students how to think – not what to think.
Too many academic careers are shaped around writing journal articles nobody reads and planning twice-weekly lectures to a diminishing class of students.
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.
There is some dismay at the idea of academic attention being paid to these celebrities.Here's why it's important.
Media savvy researchers see television as a particularly useful way to reach new audiences.
A former dean of Sydney University’s Faculty of Medicine, where I work, once appointed me to a role where I was to try and increase the news media profile of our staff’s research and to encourage them…
Students on the campus of the University Paris 3.
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Globalisation has become a strategic priority for many universities, but learning to navigate in international waters doesn’t come easy.
How you assess the strength of gender bias research depends on your viewpoint.
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Men are harsher critics of research that reports evidence of gender bias in STEM fields, while women find it more compelling. How can we deal with the reality when we're biased about bias?
The more academics fear being involved in media storms, the less they feel free to explore topics they consider important.
Public engagement of academics has increased enormously in recent decades. But this new level of engagement is producing problems and conflicts for which many academics are ill-prepared.
Why did people make their personal information so easily available to a company that facilitates cheating?
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?
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Research systems with an international approach will be best-placed to win the most accolades.
Getting a patent isn’t the only possible box to check when it comes to protecting IP.
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When academics come up with a viable innovation, they need to figure out the best way to protect their intellectual property if they're going to bring it to market. Patents aren't always the answer.
As protestors gathered in Athens, professors were wining and dining nearby.
As professors, we must look up from our cosy academic debates and hear the cries around us.
Germany’s universities have two academics classes: professors and everyone else.
The routes for academics to become professors are different in Germany, the Netherlands and the UK.
Off to the office.
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Why is it still so common that blind people are presumed to be unemployed?