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Completion rates for PhD courses are very low. Here are some things students, supervisors and universities can do to help support these students through to completion.
Obtaining a foreign PhD is seen as attractive but data suggests local alternatives shouldn’t be dismissed.
There's strong evidence that, all things being equal, leading South African universities provide “world class” training at PhD level.
What future for PhD students after graduation?
Australia produces nearly 10,000 PhD graduates each year. What happens to them next?
Redesigning the PhD in Australia is a big task.
There are currently far too few vacant academic jobs in Australia each year to employ all our PhD students. It's time to rethink the training of doctoral students.
Scenes like these may drive young people away from academic careers.
Many young academics and those who might be considering an academic career will be horrified by what's unfolding at South Africa's institution. Will bright minds be lost?
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.
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.
Offering more scholarships could help boost Indigenous PhD completion rates.
Reforming Australia’s research training system and providing more funding support could help increase PhD completion rates for Indigenous students.
What type of relationship do you have with your PhD supervisor?
Supervisors can significantly influence whether a PhD succeeds or fails. But their relationship style with PhD students can vary widely.
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PhD students taking part in a writing bootcamp at the University of New South Wales.
Research writing events have become a popular way for academics to develop their writing skills and socialise with others.
Academia and business can learn from each other.
A PhD and startup have more in common than you might think, and they complement each other in many ways. Nicky Ringland shares her experience of how one influenced the other.
What’s the future?
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Students at American universities are spending more and more years on completing their PhDs, only to find there are fewer and fewer tenure-track jobs.
Sometimes it’ll be tough going, but there’s great joy in working towards a PhD.
Completing a PhD is a process that takes years. There are several ways to make this a happy, productive time rather than a period of endless misery.
A love of science and a lifetime of work don’t guarantee a successful job hunt.
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A lifetime of study and preparation are no guarantee of success for PhDs when they hit the job market. Things can and should be improved.
Who’s missing from the STEM picture?
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Even when women and minorities earn STEM degrees, they don't take the next step into gainful employment at the same rates as white men.
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