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A career in higher education

If you are interested in working in UK higher education as a member of academic or academic related staff, there is a wide range of information to help you.

This website has information about many aspects of employment in higher education.

For more general information about UK higher education and careers in the sector see the Times Higher Education Supplement's website Times Higher Education (THE) and the higher education section of The Guardian's website.

Jobs for academic and academic related staff are advertised internally in institutions and externally in the local, regional and national press and media. The Education Guardian on Tuesday and the Times Higher Education Supplement on Friday are the main printed sources of job adverts. For higher education jobs on the internet, see www.jobs.ac.uk, as well as THES jobs pages and jobs.guardian.co.uk. See further advice in our 'Applying for jobs in post-school education' factsheet.

In terms of qualifications, academic staff are normally expected to have a PhD, but this will vary according to institution and discipline. In some cases a degree or postgraduate qualification may be sufficient; on courses which have a particularly vocational emphasis, then professional experience and expertise may be just as important as a formal qualification. Academic related staff are normally expected to have a degree.

Although there is not at present a formal requirement for academic staff to have a teaching qualification, most universities provide some form of in-service training for academic teaching staff. At many institutions taking part in training forms part of the probation requirements for new staff. For information on training and continuing professional development see the Higher Education Academy website - the HEA is a UK-wide organisation set up to support quality enhancement in teaching and the student experience in higher education: Higher Education Academy

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