The rise and rise of PhDs as standard

The rise and rise of PhDs as standard | John Morgan | Times Higher Education | 17 February 2011

Fees hike may accelerate existing trend for new academic appointments. Universities are increasingly demanding that new academics hold doctorates in a trend that some believe could accelerate when the tuition-fee cap rises to £9,000 a year.The proportion of UK academic staff with doctorates rose from 48 per cent in 2004-05 to 50.1 per cent in 2009-10, according to data prepared for Times Higher Education by the Higher Education Statistics Agency.Some pre-1992 universities, such as City University London and Birkbeck, University of London, have made PhDs a standard job specification for all new scholars.

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