A pocket mentor for the early career academic learning to strategically navigate the demands of an academic role, this book is a friendly and constructive companion providing hands-on advice about how to balance teaching responsibilities alongside other duties. More than just a ‘how to’, the text is a timely commentary on changes in higher education. Discussing contemporary developments and offering guidance on how to negotiate this evolving climate, the book uniquely captures the political, social, economic and cultural forces at play, taking into account the issues which influence and shape an academic’s career trajectory.

Organised around the three main tasks within a conventional academic post – teaching, research and administration – the book includes tips, pauses for thought, author reflections and sources for further reading, and provides insight to help the reader reflect on what they are doing, why, and where to go next in their career. Crucially, it shows that in order to survive and flourish, the early career academic needs to take a strategic view as to their function, purpose and contribution both inside and beyond the intellectual establishment.

From establishing a research niche to getting stuck into administration Survive and Thrive empowers the early career academic, helping them to build their academic reputation both internally and externally and maintain a sense of personal fulfilment and accomplishment within an increasingly commercialised environment.

chapter 1|24 pages

The university workplace

section 1|82 pages


chapter 2|24 pages

The context in which you teach

chapter 3|30 pages

Finding your feet

chapter 4|26 pages

Behind the scenes of teaching

section 2|67 pages


chapter 5|27 pages

Establishing your niche

chapter 6|23 pages

Building critical mass

chapter 7|15 pages

Beyond the ivory towers

section 3|59 pages

Administration, management and leadership

chapter 8|21 pages

Getting stuck in

chapter 9|15 pages

Leadership beyond your institution

chapter 10|21 pages

Your journey ahead