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Managing Your Academic Career (Universities into the 21st Century) [Paperback]

Wyn Grant , Philippa Sherrington
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5 Jun 2006 1403945489 978-1403945488
This book provides recent entrants to academic jobs in the humanities and social sciences with a guide to success in their chosen career. It covers how to get a job, time management, relations with colleagues, effective teaching, PhD supervision and examining, getting published and career development.

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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (5 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1403945489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1403945488
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 436,522 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

WYN GRANT is Chair of the Political Studies Association of the UK (2002-5).

PHILIPPA SHERRINGTON was one of the first recipients of a new University of Warwick prize for excellence in teaching. She was the Warwick nominee for a National Teaching Fellowship in November 2003, awarded by the Institute of Learning and Teaching/National Academy for Teaching.

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4.0 out of 5 stars UK-focussed, read it before you do a PhD 11 April 2011
This appears to be the only up-to-date book that introduces at a useful level of detail what academic employment is like in Britain. There are many books written by American authors, but the US has a very different system and much of what is written there doesn't apply to Britain.

The slightly misleading title made me think twice about buying this book. Don't expect specific advice about writing CVs, applying for jobs, doing or presenting research, or delivering lectures or seminars. That's not what the book is for. It's not inconceiveable that this book could help people who already have an academic career to 'manage' it better, but I'd be surprised if it told them much that they didn't already know by that stage.

The true target reader is somebody considering embarking on an academic career, who wants to know what the work and lifestyle are really like. The time to find this out, by the way, is BEFORE you start your PhD, not during or after it.

The book is based on the accumulated experience of its two authors (both long-serving academics) and a number of younger academics they interviewed, who are at earlier stages of their careers. It acknowledges the pleasures of an academic career, but doesn't sugar-coat the difficulties.

It will help you make up your mind whether an academic career is for you.
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