If you have a blog or you tweet, or perhaps your research team has a social media or web presence, then you may find yourself looking at that site's metrics, trying to make sense of the graphs, figures and numbers presented to you. In this blog post, I offer some simple tips for busy researchers. To keep it all simple, you need to choose which metrics … [Read more...] about How do you measure your social media success? Let’s keep it simple.
Archives for September 2015
Piirus' Fiona Colligan will be a delegate at the ARMS 2015 conference, and Piirus is finding out more about research issues in Australasia. We're pleased to feature an interview with Vanessa Lao, Strategic Partnerships Manager at the Griffith Asia Institute, and also member of the Australasian Research Management Society's International Committee. What does … [Read more...] about Introducing Vanessa Lao, Strategic Partnerships Manager at the Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University, Australia
Next week, I'm going to the 17th Australasian Research Management Society 2015 Conference “Research Management in a Global Context”. I'll be there in Singapore(!), along with Nick Brian, Director of the Warwick Employment Group, to represent both Piirus & our sister service jobs.ac.uk. We're excited about the programme as this will be an opportunity … [Read more...] about Piirus at the Australasian Research Management Society 2015 Conference: “Research Management in a Global Context”
If you are crossing disciplines then you may find yourself researching in an archive for the first time. Last month we looked at reasons why researchers might want to consult original documents. This time I've co-authored a blogpost with Jenny Delasalle to outline things that you might need to be prepared for, when visiting archives. (If you're also … [Read more...] about 10 Things you might encounter, when you consult rare documents in an archive
Piirus recently attended the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2015 in Manchester, the largest dedicated event for all those with a strategic and practical role in developing researchers. Piirus exhibited alongside jobs.ac.uk on the first day of the conference, which had aschedule that was jam packed with talks and workshops: … [Read more...] about Highlights from the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2015
I'm writing about participating in the Thesis Whisperer's Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), called "How to Survive Your PhD". I wrote about getting started last week, when I couldn't see how to document my progress through the course: I'm pleased to say that I have found it under the tab labelled "Progress". Here, I found a link called "Wrap Up" which also … [Read more...] about “How to survive your PhD” weeks 2 & 3: growing in confidence
A recently released RCUK funded report on public engagement with research, based on a project designed to create the conditions where public engagement with research could flourish identifies challenges and solutions, and the keywords "open" and "digital" are clearly significant. Building on last week's list of general hashtags for academia, here are some … [Read more...] about Open and digital academics: Twitter hashtags to watch or use
Did you notice that Piirus tweets regularly? We've gathered a selection of our Twitter highlights from the month of August, showing new institutions and members that have joined Piirus, and the collaborations they are seeking. We published these highlights on Storify and also on Slideshare. You can also take a look at this embedded … [Read more...] about Planet Piirus, 1-31 August 2015. New members and scholarly collaborations sought.
What's a MOOC? - A "Massive Open Online Course", and I'm taking part in one called "How to Survive Your PhD" from the Thesis Whisperer: it's free and registration is open, so get in quickly! THE BASICS This looks like a really interesting course for anyone who supports researchers in their work. I don't have much time (this is advertised as a light … [Read more...] about Taking part in a MOOC “How to Survive Your PhD” : Getting started.
I've often said that Twitter is like an enormous conference hall: there are various conversations that you can walk past and maybe join in. As with conferences, you can look at who's talking to whom on Twitter, and get a flavour of a conversation before maybe joining in. You don't have to listen to or join in with every conversation (that's impossible!), but … [Read more...] about A scholarly corner of Twitter: 12 broad academic Twitter hashtags
Piirus will be exhibiting at the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2015 that is taking place on the 8th and 9th September in Manchester. The conference is the largest dedicated event bringing together those with a strategic and practical role in developing researchers, a theme that really resonates with the core values of Piirus. The … [Read more...] about Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2015
Lachlan Smith, Doctoral researcher (PhD student), School of Management, University of Leicester is a member of Piirus and one of our Piirus Pioneers. In this blogpost he describes his research and the ways that networking through Piirus can help him with his research. I'm interested in how we understand work and the role it plays in the lives of younger … [Read more...] about Researching work and how it shapes identity: Lachlan Smith’s research