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Tackling drunken students by night, teaching by day: PhD students say...

Eleanor McDonald (not her real name) signed up to be a live-in warden in a student hall at St Andrews University because her PhD funding did not cover her rent and food. Meals and accommodation came with the job, but now so do abuse from drunken, unmasked students being told not to party, confrontations in…

Leading UK academics ask PhD funding body to rethink refusal of...

Hundreds of academics have signed a letter calling on the UK’s biggest funder of PhDs to reverse its decision not to give thousands of researchers any extra time or funding to complete their degrees, despite the impact of the pandemic. In the letter, 770 academics said support would protect research and teaching that would be…

The rise of citizen science: can the public help solve our...

It is hard not to feel a thrill of excitement when you land on the Galaxy Zoo homepage and read the words “Few have witnessed what you’re about to see” looming out of a star-strewn black background. The anticipation is justified when, in five quick clicks, you’re asked to classify a galaxy as part of…

PhD students fear they won’t finish in time as UKRI curbs...

Students have been left reeling after the UK’s biggest funder of PhDs announced that thousands of researchers will not be given extra time or funding to complete their degrees. UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) supports around 22,000 students at any one time – up to a quarter of all doctoral students in the UK –…

Give It Up, USC: Los Angeles Belongs to the Bruins

What looks blue, red and gold and sits pretty atop every travel bucket-list? Why, the City of Angels of course- streaked in a confusing mix of USC and UCLA colors. But the time has come to put an end to this age-old feud, for there can only be one winner, one true heir to this…
Why Study for a Doctorate in Business Administration?

Why Study for a Doctorate in Business Administration?

When I began my Master of Business Administration (MBA) five years ago, I had one clear goal: to graduate. My plan was to go back to school, challenge myself, and return to work. It was a one-off adventure that I wanted to embark upon to refresh my life. Upon completing my MBA, however, I felt…

Why study for a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA)?

When I began my Master of Business Administration (MBA) five years ago, I had one clear goal: to graduate. My plan was to go back to school, challenge myself, and return to work. It was a one-off adventure that I wanted to embark upon to refresh my life. Upon completing my MBA, however, I felt…

Higher education in the UK is morally bankrupt. I’m taking my...

As academics in England prepare for their strange new semester, I have been making the most of the familiar countryside of the idyllic North Downs in Kent. This summer, the picnics and the walks have been bittersweet: after more than 25 years in the UK, I am leaving to take up a professorship at Hamburg…

Academic freedom is precious – so why have UK universities sold...

In February 1970, students occupying the registry at Warwick University discovered dozens of incriminating documents. The university, at the behest of the business interests that dominated its governing council, was apparently spying on its lecturers and students and keeping files on their political activities. Among the targets was Prof David Montgomery, one of America’s most…

A short overview of the UARCTIC Network and the opportunities it...

Cover shot – A view of Nuuk, October 2017 What is the UARCTIC? When I started studying the Arctic Region and its indigenous peoples, I had little knowledge about its features and peculiarities. After moving to Rovaniemi at the end of 2016, I started to acquire a better understanding of the European Arctic, but I…

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