As Piirus' blog and social media editor, I'm taking a look back on all that we've achieved in 2015, as we approach the end of the year and a well-earned, short seasonal break. We've published over 140 blogposts and our team has seen membership changes. We've been privileged to feature the perspectives of many different researchers on the blog, both as … [Read more...] about My Piirus blog highlights from 2015
Archives for 2015
Our guest blogger, Paul Benneworth is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), part of the Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Here, he sheds light on ways that researchers can fruitfully work together. As an economic geography researcher at a technical … [Read more...] about Multidisciplinary research: building a smart, sustainable future or high-technology dead-ends?
Sometimes our research can take us to dark and difficult places. In this guest post, Dr Kathy McKay shares her experiences and offers advice for finding the light. Last year, I worked on a study and analysed interviews where people talked about their lived experiences of a suicide attempt and the support offered afterwards. These were incredible stories, … [Read more...] about Dealing with the Darkness: How to find strength in yourself and in others
Jean Branan and Madeline McCurry-Schmidt are the authors of this blogpost, which turns the spotlight on communication skills for scientists and introduces a wealth of useful resources. This is particularly timely, after our Piirus recent survey results identified the difficulties of communication when making interdisciplinary connections. In the Career … [Read more...] about Let’s talk science: tips for sharing your research with colleagues and the public
Among my circle of friends I count two doctors, three nurses, one psychologist, two social workers and five teachers. Over the years I’ve watched with interest as they attend professional development activities that are a requirement for maintaining their professional registration. Workshops, training courses and master classes are just a few of the things … [Read more...] about Seven steps to DIY professional development
Megan McPherson and Narelle Lemon are the two continuing brains behind Academics Who Tweet, a research study about academia and social media. In this post, they describe their experience of forming relationships via social media and working collaboratively as research partners who met online. What do you see when you follow academics on Twitter and other … [Read more...] about Tweeting about research and researching about Twitter: a story of collaboration
Earlier in 2015, my Piirus colleague Jenny Delasalle wrote an introductory piece about some great collaborative software called Slack. Slack, as you may be aware, is a great answer to facilitating communication and working in teams. (Meanwhile, “slacking” is the opposite of working!) In her earlier post, Jenny touched upon some of her favourite features, … [Read more...] about We’re not slacking: just ‘Slack’-ing!
Piirus is delighted to feature another guest blogpost. This post is from Dr Brian Southwell, who helps us to reflect on the researcher's need for conversation. Researchers around the world are embracing new ways to promote their work online. They are creating podcasts and posting to blogs. They are joining new social media sites created to host … [Read more...] about The rush to create networks and the need to create conversation spaces
Neil Fraistat is our latest guest blogger: he writes here about the growth of digital scholarship and an approach to developing digital competencies through the digital humanities centre. As with Sharon McDonough's recent guest blogpost for Piirus, the importance of community comes to the fore. Digital Humanities (DH) centres, of course, have long … [Read more...] about Data first: remodelling the digital humanities centre
Last week we reported on some of our recent survey's findings on internationalising your research, and this week I'd like to share what you told us about the challenges of interdisciplinary research, and of managing your online profiles in our survey from September 2015. 79% of respondents said that they have a presence on an academic networking site. If … [Read more...] about The challenges of interdisciplinary research and managing visibility online
Writing posts for existing blogs (like this one), which already have a broad audience, is a very effective way to raise your profile online, as our Digital Identity Health Check for Academics shows. Guest blogging is also an efficient way to blog because you don't have to maintain your own website and you can benefit from the expertise and networks of others … [Read more...] about Would you like to write a guest blog post for us?
Our guest blogger, Ian McCarthy tells us that research on environmental velocity highlights 'the importance of organisations operating “in time” with their environments and in synchrony across their subunits and activities'. (McCarthy et al. 2010: 618) This chimes with what Tim Rudd has been telling us about the possible need to work faster with partners … [Read more...] about Rethinking industry dynamics: what’s your velocity regime?
At Piirus, we know that internationalising your research is an important career step for you as an academic: it can make your research more productive and raise the profile of your research, bringing it to new audiences. The UK's Department of Business, Innovation and Skills reported in 2013 that an increase in research productivity was at least partly … [Read more...] about Building an international profile as a researcher: our survey respondents said…
As regular readers may know, I have been taking part in the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Thesis Whisperer of the ANU in Canberra, Australia*, (and her able colleagues who were course moderators) all about how to survive your PhD. I wanted to share my reflections at the end of the course, because this is the first MOOC I've ever studied for. I … [Read more...] about MOOC module “How to Survive your PhD” : my reflections at the end
I've been taking part in the How to Survive your PhD MOOC which is now in its final stages: We are now all peer marking each others' assignments. The course is full of great learning materials for students and supervisors, and people like myself who support researchers, and I've learnt a lot. During this MOOC, I was tasked to create instructions for … [Read more...] about How to write instructions for others in 9 steps