Athena Swan

Athena Swan promotes and supports the careers of women in Science, Engineering and Technology (STEM), and aims to address gender inequalities and imbalance in these disciplines and, in particular, the under-representation of women in senior roles.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

In the news - Hundreds of PhD students chasing every early career post

Something we all know, but useful to see quantified - especially when the jump from PhD to post-doc is one of the biggest leaks in the pipeline for all underrepresented groups.

As many as 200 applicants are chasing every early career post at top universities, an investigation by Times Higher Education has shown.
Despite many universities recently starting their own flagship schemes to recruit top PhD students, competition for a limited number of postdoctoral research posts remains fierce, according to figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
Many of the fixed-term research posts advertised by universities, which are viewed as a stepping stone to a permanent academic job, receive hundreds of applications for a handful of posts, our data reveal.

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