Mandatory PhD policies lead to boom in academics with doctorates

“The increasing insistence by UK universities for new staff to have a doctorate has helped to drive up the number of academics holding a PhD by more than a third in just six years, new data show. According to the latest figures from the Higher Education Statistics Agency, more than half (54%) of all academic staff held a PhD in 2016-17, a rise of eight percentage points compared with 2010-11 …” (more)

[Simon Baker, Times Higher Education, 8 March]

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