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Friday 3 August 2012

Older people 'dominating Britain's academic industry'

More needs to be done in order to help "new blood" find their way into jobs in the UK's academic industry.

Geoff Whitty, the former director of the Institute of Education at the University of London, has delivered the message to Times Higher Education following research conducted by the Higher Education Funding Council for England.

According to the study, the number of academics under the age of 30 employed at universities across England has dropped from 12,205 in 1995/96 to 10,335 in 2010/11.

Over the same length of time, the number of academics who are 60 years old or over has increased by 3,955 to 11,160.

On top of this, the overall staff levels in the British academics industry has actually grown by almost a third over the study period.

Professor Whitty believes that universities need to make more "exit routes" available to older academics in order to balance out the age range once more.

Meanwhile, young graduates looking to impress have been encouraged by Dan Hawes, co-founder of the Graduate Recruitment Bureau, to demonstrate a broad skillset and show they are trustworthy and committed in order to boost their chances of landing a top job in whatever career they choose.

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By: Salespeak News

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