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?
Archives for November 2015
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
We're delighted to feature this guest post by Dr Sharon McDonough: she offers her perspective on both the academic life and farming.a All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then success is sure Two years ago armed only with my PhD and the Twain quote from above, I became an accidental olive farmer. You might wonder how an academic … [Read more...] about Lessons from the farm: coping with uncertainty in academic life
Recently, I launched #Piirusvoices on Twitter, researchers from across the globe interacted and shared their best and worse research moments in their career, along with some great hints and tips to research success. It was a great discussion and collation of ideas from a range of individuals involved in different forms of research. Among our chat, … [Read more...] about Top 5 tweets from #Piirusvoices
Writing is an essential part of academic life, but many academics struggle to find the time to write and few of us have ever been given explicit training in how to write. As a result, it can be hard to make progress on thesis chapters, journal articles, and books. But social media is changing all that! Around the world, PhD students, early career … [Read more...] about Top 5 Hashtags for Academic Writing: just in time for #acwrimo!
Piirus member, Jane Montague is the Discipline Lead for Psychology within the Department of Life Sciences at the University of Derby. Her teaching and research interests are based within critical approaches to social psychology, particularly in relation to gender, identity and the use of qualitative methods. Montague currently teaches both undergraduate and … [Read more...] about Strengthening research through collaborative partnership
The last four weeks of my life have been rather hectic, so I’m giving you a whistle-stop tour of the last four themes from the “How to Survive your PhD” MOOC (#survivephd15 on Twitter), which ran across ten weeks and which I’ve periodically reported on here. The latest themes were: curiosity, confusion, boredom and love. I’ll start with a confession: the … [Read more...] about Four weeks and a deadline: curiosity, confusion, boredom and love in #survivephd15
Can a microbiologist perform groundbreaking research with a political scientist? Or an electronics engineer with an architect? As it seeks to find ways to move towards a zero-emissions society, the Research Council of Norway (Forskningsrådet) decided to host its first ‘idélab’, and find collaborative, holistic solutions to climate-change problems. Climate … [Read more...] about A Norwegian experiment in cross-disciplinary collaboration
Dr Tim Rudd leads Livelab, and is also Principal Lecturer in the Education Research Centre at the Univerisity of Brighton. He is researching and publishing work related to education technology, social justice and alternative pedagogies and discourse. We asked Tim lots of questions about collaboration and partnership with third and public sectors, and indeed … [Read more...] about Interview with Dr Tim Rudd of Livelab: tips on collaborating with third and public sector organisations
Piirus member Ryan Anderson has completed Bachelor degrees in Science, and Psychology (honours). He is currently completing his PhD candidature in Psychology, and recently began a blog exploring the science behind love, sex and attraction. He also writes for PsychologyToday (The Mating Game). Here, we learn about a significant moment in his research … [Read more...] about Why I have chosen to pursue evolutionary psychology
Phil Baty is the editor at large of Times Higher Education magazine and editor of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Phil has been with the magazine since 1996, as reporter, chief reporter, news editor and deputy editor. He received the Ted Wragg Award for Sustained Contribution to Education Journalism in 2011, part of the Education … [Read more...] about University rankings and research collaboration: interview with Phil Baty
Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, clinical neuropsychologist, EMDR consultant and PTSD and trauma specialist with special expertise in military and veteran psychological health and is now also the 81st President of the British Psychological Society (2015-2016). He is Visiting Professor of Military Psychology at Anglia … [Read more...] about Interview with the British Psychological Society President Jamie Hacker Hughes