Friday, 11 December 2015

It pays to fund PhDs

Recent research has shown the “complex ways” in which investments in research contribute to economic activity. The Times Higher Education reports on a US study which used "hard data" to show the economic benefit of providing research funding for science PhD students. Researchers found that recipients of doctorates in all science fields disproportionately gained placements in large and high-wage private businesses, as well as additional business characteristics associated with high productivity. Read more by clicking on the link below. If you are experiencing any difficulties accessing the article, either sign up for a free subscription with the journal or access it through the Library database Nexus UK.
Science research

PhDs pay

Tuesday, 1 December 2015

University careers marked by 'precariousness & uncertainty'

The Times Higher Education today reports on recent research which claims that university careers are marked by 'precariousness and uncertainty' and that even academics in ‘safe’ positions are feeling insecure. Barbara Read, reader in education at the University of Glasgow, claims that there has been a notable increase in the ‘casualization’ of labour within academia which has not only badly affected support and administrative staff, but has led to a steady rise in the number of fixed-term, insecure and ‘flexible’ job positions for academic staff. Read more by following the link below. Sign up for a free subscription with THE or check the library website for access to the Nexus UK database for more articles.

Olivia Vivian on balance beam, Commonwealth Games, 2014

University careers precarious