Ageing professors leave a vacuum

UK“UK universities have a greying professoriate, with one in five academics now 55 or older, data released today shows. The figures, from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), have sparked fears that universities will be forced to rely on young scholars from overseas to replace those about to retire. The data comes as record numbers of students apply for university courses. The proportion of academics aged 55 or older rose from 18.9% to 20.5% between 2004-05 and 2007-08, the figures show …” (more)

[Jessica Shepherd, Guardian, 29 May]

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