Fostering research excellence in an uncertain environment

Claire Smith, Heather Burke, Michael Morrison

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A proposal to change how academic performance is measured at an Australian university spurred one department into action. Our message is simple: by working as a team (and anticipating likely challenges), you can thrive even in the unstable academic environments that exist today. The tertiary-education environment in Australia is still fragile and uncertain, but our advice to others is to face the problem frankly and together. Continued and constructive collaboration is more valuable than ever in these precarious times, so don’t do it alone — find people who will help you, and whom you can help, and then work together on a joint solution.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2022


  • academic career
  • Academic research
  • Careers
  • Research management
  • Lab life


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