Students and staff leading a protest at Sydney University on August 17, 2016.
Academics feel insecure, are overwhelmed by unmanageable workloads and burdened by bureaucracy. And things are only getting worse.
South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is a hunted man.
A row between South Africa's finance minister and the country's Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations has prompted academics to pen an open letter asking President Jacob Zuma to intervene.
Academic innovators are learning to question project commercial viability and to shift their focus to solutions for which there is a demand.
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Brexit, and proposed changes to the way research is assessed, are making Britain uncompetitive in the global race for academic talent.
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.
Following the failed coup in Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan ordered the sacking of nearly 1,600 deans, 21,000 teachers and 15,000 education bureaucrats.
The sacking of Turkish education staff speaks to a broader agenda of control through removing educated dissident voices.
Nine out of ten surveyed researchers said they engage with end-users to translate their work into practice.
Financial incentives alone won’t increase research collaboration between universities and business. Academics say they need time, support and an environment encouraging of engagement.
Academics may feel especially ashamed if they’re harassed by those over whom they have authority.
Sexual harassment is a pernicious problem at universities. But not much is known in South Africa about students sexually harassing academics.
Government plans to introduce more flexibility could be destabilising for universities.
The Coalition made the decision to close the Office for Learning and Teaching.
Closing the Office of Learning and Teaching removes Australia's national commitment to innovation and improved performance in learning and teaching.
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?