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.
City only recently made PhDs compulsory. Paul Curran, its vice-chancellor, said: “All of our new permanent academic staff are expected to engage in high-quality research and so, as a minimum, we require them to have a doctorate.
“Of course, such a research expectation would not be reasonable for new academic staff who join us without research training, and so we support them to obtain a doctorate before their contract is made permanent.”
The proportion of academics with doctorates is already far higher in pre-92 universities (62.7 per cent in 2009-10) than in post-92 ones (29 per cent).
But the figures may become more significant under the new fee regime: in the US, it is common for colleges to advertise the proportion of staff with doctorates in a bid to woo prospective students.
Read full story. Thankfully I do hold a PhD, and one of only (apparently) 5% to pass with no corrections!