Piirus is a service for you to make connections with other researchers, as this blogpost from past correspondent Bernie Divall illustrates so well. Piirus is offered by the University of Warwick, and is a part of the same department there as the well-known jobs.ac.uk service. Piirus' aim is to support researchers, and the main Piirus website and platform are … [Read more...] about What can you do to help us to help you? All about what Piirus offers researchers
Archives for January 2016
In such a demanding and precarious society that we live in, it is not surprising to find that many of us are seeking for ways to enhance our mental health and well-being. For instance, in the UK alone, more than 1.25 million people have used the NHS mental health services in 2010, representing access rates of around 2,700 per 100,000 of the population … [Read more...] about Writing about my research interest on expressive writing
Here at Piirus, we're all members of the research community ourselves, and we're always looking for new ways to help our members expand and strengthen their research networks. You can already join Piirus.com for free and use it to identify and connect with researchers who might become new collaboration partners. Now we want to help members to reach … [Read more...] about #letscollaborate: We’ll help you find research collaboration partners.
Guest blogger Scott Reeves is Professor in Interprofessional Research at the Centre for Health & Social Care Research, Kingston & St George’s, University of London, UK. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Interprofessional Care. Here he talks about the research landscape within interprofessional education. Over the past 20 years of … [Read more...] about Interprofessional education – considering the research agenda
We are already in full swing into the New Year and so some of you may already be doing your upmost to keep up those New Year’s resolutions for this year, whether that be dieting or developing a new research collaboration for this year! Resolutions are a great way to think about what you want to achieve. Setting them is a great way of channelling … [Read more...] about Piirus Voices: Research Resolutions!
In this interview we hear from Miggie Pickton, Research Support Librarian at the University of Northampton. Miggie tells us about some of the challenges, themes and interactions involved in her work. What does your role involve? My job title is 'Research Support Librarian' and I lead the small (but perfectly formed!) library team responsible for … [Read more...] about Library interactions: An interview with Miggie Pickton
Our guest blogger, Amanda Ullman is a paediatric nurse, ICU nurse and researcher, as well as a mum and PhD student. In this post she shares tips for integrating work and life together. Like many other stories we were told as children, it turns out the grown-ups were lying: there is no such thing as work-life balance. Technology has changed the nature of … [Read more...] about The Loch Ness monster, the tooth fairy and work-life balance: Myths we need to get over!
In this guest blogpost Kate Reynolds explains how researchers in education could maximise the impact of their research and introduces a tool to enable teachers and teacher educators to find and access the best of academic research to support their professional practice. There’s a lot of talk about the need to make research impactful, relevant and … [Read more...] about Harnessing the power of research for teachers and teacher educators
This guest blogpost is from Dr Christopher John Ferguson, who introduces himself at the end of this post. He offers us some useful tips on plain speaking to facilitate communication, which is rather handy after our recent survey results identified the difficulties of communication when making interdisciplinary connections. There’s a tense moment in the … [Read more...] about Plain speaking and clear understanding: 5 tips for networking face to face
In the second instalment of her series on cross-disciplinary collaboration in Norway, Kate Maxwell reports on government policy, in particular on an upcoming consultation on the how to shape the future of the humanities. (In her first guest blogpost you can read about a Norwegian experiment in cross-disciplinary collaboration.) On the 11th December 2015, … [Read more...] about Norway series part II: government policy for the humanities
Chris Craig is a researcher at the NIHR funded CLAHRC East Midlands based in Nottingham, England, and in this blogpost he explores the answer to the question "What does effective collaboration look like?" Our guest blogger has relevant experience: having written a systematic review assessing the EASY-Care Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment tool, Chris was … [Read more...] about What does effective collaboration look like?
This guest blogpost from Piirus member Elaine Campbell, Senior Lecturer at Northumbria Law School, UK, explains why collaboration works for career researchers. If you don't already have a New Year's resolution, then perhaps consider this one! I was an only child, until I was 13 years old. Without any siblings in the house, I got on with things by … [Read more...] about Why collaboration should be your New Year’s Resolution