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Survive and Thrive in Academia


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Chapter 1: The University Workplace Part 1: Teaching Chapter 2: The Context in Which You Teach Chapter 3: Finding your Feet Chapter 4: Behind the Scenes of Teaching Section 2: Research Chapter 5: Establishing your Niche Chapter 6: Building Critical Mass Chapter 7: Beyond the Ivory Towers Part 3: Administration, Management and Leadership Chapter 8: Getting Stuck In Chapter 9: Leadership Beyond your Institution Chapter 10: Your Journey Ahead

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Kate Woodthorpe is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at the University of Bath, UK and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.


In an increasingly competitive and ever-changing higher education environment, where the REF, TEF, National Student Survey and myriad other institutional demands vie for attention, Kate Woodthorpe has done early career academics a valuable service with this thoughtful and engaging text. Think of it as a sympathetic friend, gently assisting those new to the sector as they try to balance the often-competing pressures of teaching, research and administrative duties. As Woodthorpe points out, the relative freedom and flexibility that academics are granted can be both a blessing and a curse, and this timely work is sure to aid those eager new members of the academy who, for way too long, have simply been thrown in at the deep end and left to sink or swim. An essential read. Jaime Waters, Senior Lecturer, Sheffield Hallam University, UK An enjoyable read packed with tips and personal experiences on how to "survive and thrive" in the early days of academia. Essential reading for any junior academic. AJ Mitchell, Research Fellow, The Australian National University This book is explicitly in the 'tips and tricks' genre, with these elements carefully boxed out so you can flick though and get the highlights quickly. The book is well referenced with helpful suggestions for further reading. The advice offered in each section is solid and pragmatic - you won't go wrong following what Woodthorpe has to say. The Thesis Whisperer

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