This best-selling handbook is one of the most popular and influential books for those developing their careers in higher education. The combination of wide ranging, accessible and authoritative guidance and advice, with case studies, vignettes and a real understanding for the needs of those working in HE today, make it an essential book for many. Fully updated and revised, this new edition of the handbook is sure to enhance its reputation and success. The focus remains firmly on developing professional academic skills in terms of teaching, student learning, research, career development and subject excellence. The new edition also reflects changes in HE in technology, subjects, numbers, priorities and professional development. This new edition builds upon the scope and value of the previous edition, and will also dovetail with the editors' recent follow-up volume, The Effective Academic (0-7494-3570-4).