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 December 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