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  • Recent surveys suggest only 25% of senior business roles are held by women worldwide. Academia shows parallels to the business world, with senior academic positions, especially in STEM fields showing even less gender diversity than in commerce. So why is progress so slow? What positive steps can ...
  • The career path for a research graduate rarely runs smoothly. There are diversions which can lead to new destinations that a researcher never considered when beginning their studies. To get further insight into this journey and the transitions that can occur along the way, we continued our discus...
  • As researchers, we gather considerable technical expertise through the course of our roles and are accustomed to things not working first time. We acquire the ability to troubleshoot effectively, and read between the lines of limited information to progress with our research. In this article, we ...
  • Women and minorities are underrepresented in the research workplace. Often, when they do break through, they can find a culture that is quite regressive, a paradox that sits at the cutting edge of research. To find out more about these issues and the “sociology of work”, we spoke to Dr. Zuleyka Z...
  • Researchers can use their skills to do vastly more than to just add to academic knowledge; they can also have significant societal impact. To discuss how researchers can find career fulfilment through directly working in society and how the nature of employment for early career researchers is ch...
  • Relocating abroad for work can broaden your life experience and career prospects. It’s common for early career researchers to consider relocation, as it may offer increased possibilities for academic posts, beyond their home country. As part of our "Crossing Continent" series of articles, we’ve c...
  • As part of our “Crossing Continents” series of articles, we spoke to a uniquely mobile academic, Dr. Gulbakhyt Sultanova of the University of the Balearic Islands. Gulbakhyt’s original base is Narxoz University in Almaty, Kazakhstan. Prior to her recent move to Spain, she also studied and worked ...
  • There may be many reasons why you may consider moving countries for work as an early career researcher: the availability of academic positions in your field; life-style considerations; promotion prospects and better pay, to mention a few. So aside from the practical considerations of shipping bel...
  • Artificial Intelligence is one of the ‘hot topics’ in science; recently, Tesla’s Elon Musk announced he was beginning a new venture, Neuralink, to “merge the human brain with AI”. But apart from visions of cyborgs dancing the heads of science fiction writers, what are the implications of Artific...
  • Public sector research positions are available in a wide range of institutes that are sponsored or owned by the government. If you’re looking to transition to this sector from academia you may have questions that need answering. Where do you work? How does working in the public sector differ fro...
  • In a continuation of our recent article series on research outside academia, we talk to Dr. Chris Langmead about his diverse and successful career in drug discovery. Chris highlights the convergence between academia and industry over the past decades and the increased career opportunities he's en...
  • These days, an MBA is perceived as a vital qualification for advancing one’s career; what is the role of the modern MBA? What skills beyond this degree are key to success in the future workplace? To get answers to these questions, we spoke to Andy Bayley, the Programme Director for Loughborough ...
  • As an early career researcher, having completed your PhD., or first postdoctoral position, you may be passionate about working in a research environment. However, what if you’re not convinced that academia is the right career setting for you? In this article, we will give you a practical insight ...
  • With a shortfall of entry-level positions in academia, many doctorate holders may choose to, or need to look elsewhere for employment after completing their studies. There is often a disparity seen between the amount of faculty career support given to making undergraduates ready for the wider job...
  • As an academic, the joint commitments of teaching and research can often feel at odds with one another. So how do you balance the two? What are the pros and cons of a role with little or no teaching responsibility? Can teaching enhance your career and also, serve to benefit your research?
  • “Brexit means Brexit” according to Prime Minister Theresa May; however, this statement masks a series of complex questions. For example, what will be the future relationship between the United Kingdom and European Union? Will Britain participate in European funding programmes such as Horizon 2020...
  • As an early career researcher, writing your first few papers in a scientific journal can seem like a daunting task. How do you balance writing for your highly specialized peers, with serving the needs of a wider scientific audience? Your first publications are critical to the next stage of your c...
  • Make a Career in Research is a growing community of like-minded individuals navigating the often-complicated career path of the researcher.
  • What’s the most productive way to structure your daily routine? Is it better to start early or work late into the night? Work steadily through the day or take lots of breaks? Here’s a look at how some of the great scientific minds planned their days.
  • What are the secrets to getting the most out of your work? How can you spend your time as productively as possible? How can you find solutions to your problems more efficiently? Follow in the footsteps of these great scientists, whose work has helped and is helping unlock the secrets of the unive...