Questions about academic contracts.

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PhD student, issued contract at year 3 which will sign over intellectual property. Is it legal?

I'm EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Science Research Council, the biggest UK funding source in the sciences and engineering) funded. Several months into my PhD an industrial sponsor came along. In ...
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Do colleges/professors sign contracts with educational publishers that require them to use the publisher's learning platform?

I am attending a community college in the US, and one of my professors has made it a requirement to purchase a login from McGraw-Hill Connect, even though our school is already set up with a decent ...
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Intellectual Property Assignment Agreements for Ph.D. students - What is normal?

As an incoming Ph.D. student I was asked to sign an intellectual property assignment agreement in addition to an employment contract as a condition for receiving a tuition reduction and a stipend. ...
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Why do graduate student contracts state “RAs shall work no more than 20 hours per week?”

I recently signed a graduate student contract. I had outside funding for some time but recently became a normal research assistant (RA) again, so must have missed a contradictory clause when I signed ...
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How to turn down a Postdoc scholarship offer after signing a contract

How you as professors would prefer to be informed in this case? That is, how to turn down a Postdoc fellowship offer that you have already signed a contract. The reason in my case is I get an even ...
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Is it common and acceptable for a postdoc to leave before contract ends?

Is it common and acceptable for a postdoc to leave before his/her contract ends, for whatever reason? How early should a prior notice be submitted in this case?
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Learning contracts

I'm starting a new program in the spring and one of the first things that we will be tasked with is the creation of a 'XYZ Learning Contract'. After a bit of digging in the search engines I see that ...
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Criminal record and work on federally funded project

I have recently interviewed for a position with a project with a major university. It is funded by federal grant (mainly NSF). It is not an academic position per se, but is led by a few principal ...
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Contract signing session etiquette for student coaches

I am a first time faculty member straight out of grad school and I have been installed as a director for a "learning center". We hire undergraduate and graduate student "coaches" in the learning ...
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Sign research contracts in a private university or create a “ghost” company

We are a research group from some private university and we offer research contract services. The problem is that when we get customers, the contract is signed by the highest authority of the ...
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Does a contract matter

I have been in my current teaching/research position for 4 years. I have just been informed that my contract is research only. I think technically this means I don't have to be teaching. My School and ...
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From academic collaboration to research contract, best practices

We started to collaborate with another research group. We make computational predictions and they evaluate them at the lab, for bioactive compounds. We have not yet established a research agreement, ...