The application of the HSE tool was helpful because the findings “quantify the perceptions of academics that their working environments have quite rapidly deteriorated into a situation where urgent action is required, and indeed mandated by the HSE”, Dr Morrish added.
In 2008, “control”, which covers areas such as having a say in your own work rate, met the expected level, scoring 85 per cent. This then dropped to 65-70 per cent in 2012, before falling again.
Striking staff and students in November at University College London, one of many universities that has seen recent industrial action. Photograph: Wiktor Szymanowicz/Barcroft Media
Before securing my first permanent post, I covered maternity leave at two institutions and delivered adult education courses at another. The work was demanding and poorly paid, but I learnt my craft working with inspirational colleagues and students.
In terms of your writing style, it should be scholarly but still easily comprehensible for those unfamiliar with your field of interest.
Having previous teaching experience will certainly help your application, and universities often make teaching opportunities available to PhD students. Getting your work and name well-known is an excellent step into an academic career, so try to get articles published in high-quality journals and actively engage with other academics through collaborations and conferences.
The Academic Foundation Programme is an opportunity to engage in the workplace training offered by the regular Foundation Programme while also gaining experience in academic, teaching and leadership work. The main difference is the potential to pursue a research project.
It is not necessary to enter academia after the Academic Foundation Programme, nor is it necessary to take the Academic Foundation Programme in order to enter academia. Equally, it is not necessary to have taken an intercalated medical degree in order to access the Academic Foundation Programme. Doctors may of course seek different things at different points in their training, so the routes are flexible.
Note: We have not attempted to cover progression beyond lecturer grade within an academic career. Therefore this site is unlikely to help current permanent academic staff, other than as a resource to support aspiring academics working or studying with you.
Some dreams, however, are founded on a vision of dreaming spires and Brideshead Revisited, where academics live life at a different pace, cut off from ‘real world’ worries like budgets and deadlines. This world is long gone.