academic workforce

The importance of networks for career advancement in academia

By Troy Heffernan

From the first day I was employed in the university sector I got the impression I was working in a fairly corporatised and business-like environment. There were performance benchmarks, far more conversations about budgets than I expected, and it was clear that exceeding targets could result in a promotion. However, there was also something else.

Universities are exploiting their sessional academics. We need to do better for our precariously employed

By Troy Heffernan

As the 2020 academic year begins, this will be the first in my seven years of working in universities that I have a permanent position and am not relying on contracts or sessional work. I know how privileged I am to be in this position, but I also know first-hand what precarious employment feels like.

Our university workforce has become a fragmented, casualised ‘gig economy’. The problems we face

By Paul Richardson and Amanda Heffernan

The quality and integrity of higher education in Australia is dependent on the quality of the academics who staff our universities. The supply pipeline of the academic workforce needs careful planning if it is to continue to be effectively renewed by fully rounded academics who are engaged in research and can contribute to sustaining the