By request- time between PhD and Academic jobs by school

Posted on January 2, 2012

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This post is by request of the Anonymous Swiss Collector. A few weeks back I wrote about the average time between obtaining a PhD and a academic archaeology job in the UK, 4.32 yrs. The question was asked if these numbers could applied to individual universities to see if there was a difference between universities. I went back an re-ran the numbers and the results were-

Count Avg. time to academic job Median
Birmingham 2 4.5 4.5
Bournmouth 1 -7 -7
Bradford 9 3.777778 2
Bristol 2 3 3
Cambridge 31 2.774194 3
Cardiff 3 0 1
Durham 9 5.888889 5
Edinburgh 10 3.4 3.5
Exeter 1 23 23
Glasgow 5 6.8 3
Leicester 3 1.666667 2
Liverpool 1 9 9
Manchester 2 6.5 6.5
Newcastle 2 10.5 10.5
Nottingham 1 9 9
Open University 1 9 9
Oxford 12 4.166667 2
Reading 5 0.4 0
Sheffield 11 3.454545 2
Southampton 11 6.909091 4
UCL 13 6.846154 7
York 1 3 3

The data is probably not the most reliable with only a sample of 136 staff out of the roughly 440 academic staff. Most of the universities only have one or two data points which pretty much makes it useless. Even with universities with a larger sample, one member of staff with significant time can greatly increase the average. The median tends to lower the results.

Still the results are all over the place and I would not take too much stock in this numbers as a guide to when one should be concerned about changing careers. An average of 4-5 yrs across all universities is probably the best indication not individual university results.