It can be hard to be an academic. Much more is expected from PhD students and faculties than even just a decade or so ago. Academia is in the grip of quantification of its entire professional fabric. Professors are pressured to publish high numbers of publications, obtain high amounts of grant money, supervise high numbers of PhD students and receive high evaluation scores for teaching. Productivity standards have been raised markedly (‘publish or perish’). Research funding has to be obtained increasingly through highly demanding application processes for grant competitions in which the odds of success are often lower than 10 per cent. It has become considerably harder to get entry-level positions within academia or to move from fledgling short-term ‘soft-money’ contracts into more secure positions.
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- Leading Change
Prof. Paul t Hart
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