The role of an academic

Academics generally work within a university, combining research, teaching and administrative duties. Academics are the life-blood of a university, without whom the institution would not exist.

To find out more about traditional 'research and teaching' academic roles, to hear directly from academics, from Lecturer up to Professor, and to explore the possibility of research-only and teaching-only roles in academia, visit:

Life as an academic

Find out more about what it’s like being an academic today:

Academic career stories

Academic career paths vary enormously. Explore some of the real life stories from University of Manchester academics and beyond:

If you are currently an academic and would like to tell us your career story, particularly if you feel your career path or discipline has not been adequately covered, please get in touch: