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.
Does it need to be so hard to be a mom and a professor?
The limits of fertility and an elongated academic career path are currently at odds. If the choice to bear children contributes to the 'leaky pipeline' of women in STEM, what can be done?
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.
All dressed up with nowhere to go?
The STEM fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics supposedly suffer from a shortage of graduates. Conventional wisdom says there’s no one for employers to hire for science and engineering…
They are out there.
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Imagine if you could gauge your chances of getting to the very top of your profession, just as you are starting out your career? A recent publication has boldly outlined a predictive model for doing just…
Prime Minister Tony Abbott on the day his government handed down its first Budget.
When the freshly-minted Prime Minister Tony Abbott declined for the first time since 1931 to appoint a science minister as part of his Cabinet in September last year, he did so having made an election…
Just one more experiment to get that professorship.
My friend leaned forward over the table where we were having dinner. It was a loud, busy restaurant, but she lowered her voice conspiratorially and her eyes took on a sheen of excitement, tinged with fear…
Doing a PhD can feel pretty lonely but online social platforms are here to help.
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Completing a PhD is no small feat. It requires both high intellect and a great deal of tenacity. But it can be lonely at the top, with many PhD students struggling with stress, feelings of isolation and…
A PhD student from the University of Western Australia has developed a new method to measure gases. Scientist can now measure…
What should students really expect after doing a PhD?
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When it comes to PhD graduates, it’s clear that supply now far outstrips demand. It used to be that doing a PhD almost guaranteed you an academic position but now, any guarantees are long gone. My own…