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Ask your university, though undergraduate grades probably won’t matter because you’ll probably need to complete a Master’s Degree first. Generally, there are two different methods for PhDs to be structured- ones that take 5-6 years to complete and include a coursework component and can be entered directly after finishing a Bachelor Degree, and ones that don’...


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In your final semester, it may be exceedingly difficult to show a solid change in your habits and work ethic that I would say would be good for convincing others if you turned it around in the last 2 or 3 semesters. However, you say possibly doing a PHD in the future. If that doesnt mean immediately applying, then gaining relevant experience at work and ...


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In our UK, Russel group, STEM department the Staff-Student liason structures seem to work well. We have a staff-student committee that is attended by any staff member involved in teaching and representatives from every group of students in the department. The students are there as elected representatives, but obviously they bring their own experiences to ...


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[Converting a comment to an answer at the invitation of @hueblue...] I feel you are focussing on the wrong part of the issue here. It does not make sense to encourage 'management' to ignore the student representative's views; inevitably this will just create problems and bad feeling in the future, when students get the impression that their input is ignored....


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Many academics in CS publish their software and sometimes even their data, blissfully ignoring whether they are allowed to do so in their institution or not. It's unlikely to cause any trouble because institutions usually don't care too much: nobody will ever check, unless there's a potential commercial opportunity at play. However my understanding is that ...


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I don't know what the numbers are for academic faculty specifically is, but the numbers for education in general is 47% (https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/trade-union-statistics-2018), and that is in line with membership within my department (STEM, Russel Group). UCU has a membership of 120,000. As well as collective bargaining on pay, conditions ...


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This is going to be very field dependent. What follows will be applicable in the life sciences: There are positions at research institutes that offer the chance to do independent research without teaching duties, but they are few and far between. They are most people's dream position and competition is particularly fierce. However, I wouldn't feel to ...


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If in a suitable field it may be worth looking at one of the long term fellowships, such as a Royal Society URF or an STFC Rutherford fellowship. To quote from the URF page The scheme offers you the opportunity to build an independent research career focus on your own research, with a limit on administrative and teaching duties hold your ...


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It is not true that there are no research only academic posts. There are post-doctoral researchers, research assistants and research only professors in many places within the UK academic system. There are also research institutes outside universities and affiliated with universities who wholly perform research. It's just that there are fewer advertisements ...


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