Lecturing is an important, intimidating job and the academic’s role is changing all the time.
Universities stand to benefit enormously if excellent teachers are celebrated and given the chance to share their skills, and if they have the power to really change their institutions.
We should care about who is on a university council.
Councils matter to the character and success of a university. But do their members truly represent staff and 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.
South African academics are extremely worried about President Jacob Zuma’s axing of the finance minister.
Academics from several South African universities say that in the current world economy decisions about any country's finance minister cannot be made "lightly or capriciously".
Students in California protest in solidarity with those in Missouri in a wave of #StudentBlackOut protests across the US.
Subtly racist behaviour impacts heavily on the career trajectories of black and minority ethnic academics.
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.
Mourners outside the Bataclan in Paris after the 13 November attacks.
We must improve religious literacy among politicians. They should look to universities for more insight.
The iPhone is a good example of an entire industry built on the back of publicly funded research outcomes. The ‘iPhone fish’ is designed to teach people healthy eating through portion size control.
Publicly-funded research should contribute to society in some way. But we need to think carefully about how we create a system that allows us to measure the impact of research.
Things can’t just carry on as ‘normal’ now that university students in South Africa have demanded massive systemic change.
The students' movement has stretched South Africans in personal, professional, powerful and provocative ways. Have academics been stretched enough to reflect deeply on the status quo at universities?
Africa’s future academics must be found, developed, nurtured and retained.
Africa needs to develop a new generation of academics to drive the continent's teaching, learning, research and critical thinking into the future.
Research shows that female academics and those with family commitments were more likely to be bullied.
A new study shows that academics in regional universities are more likely to experience bullying than their city peers.
University deans must wear many hats while they try to act as a pivot between academics and management.
Could targeted, specific leadership development help university deans become the kinds of managers South African universities need?
Pronouncements even from Nobel laureates should not be accepted as if from on high.
Shouting past each other via different kinds of media isn't going to help researchers -- from éminences grises to new postdocs -- effectively work together on issues in the field of science.
Diaspora academics get used to working in resource rich environments with everything they need. How can Africa compete?
There is more to drawing diaspora academics back to their home countries in Africa than striking up individual relationships. Infrastructure must be fixed and institutional management must improve.
Africa has produced some incredible academics who are based elsewhere but want to contribute to their home continent.
There is a powerful African- born diaspora in North America and its members have much to offer their home continent. How should this relationship be crafted?
A protester makes her feelings known during an anti-xenophobia march in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Higher education institutions that only hire academics from their own backyards simply cannot compete in this era of the global university.
Academics doing battle with the Home Office.
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Academics are on the frontline, battling the Home Office over new visa regulations.
Is the next slide more interesting?
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Reading bullet points off a screen doesn't teach anyone anything.
You don’t always have to be serious to be a successful academic.
The pathway to academic success is not always about the number of papers you've published. Some have found that a sense of humour can be just as useful.
Their successors could enter a very different world.
A warning from a group of PhD students about the path universities are on.