The thing about people is that we are naturally social. Granted, there is not as much utility in forming hunting coalitions to capture elusive game, or or tribal alliances to defend against marauding neighbours these days as there once was, arguably, but there are all sorts of advantages to group existence. Isolation is really dangerous; this is especially … [Read more...] about The Perils of Isolation – Both Social and Academic
Archives for April 2016
Most of the time, our research fascinates and encapsulates us. It is vibrant and original and we want everyone to hear about it. Yet on some days, everyone else’s work seems so much more interesting. We all know how important it is to keep our ideas fresh, but everyone gets stuck in a rut now and then, especially when we don’t have the time or energy to work … [Read more...] about Connecting researchers to great opportunities: exploring and expanding your research interests
This guest blogpost by Andrew Marsh (@marshgroup, who works @warwickchem) reveals some of the main reasons for scientists to tweet and is full of useful examples. Why would researchers, students and academics want to share experiences or their views on research through social media? Well, at its most basic, isn’t that what we do all the time through … [Read more...] about From #realtimechem to #whywedoresearch: Who are the Tweeting scientists?
Our latest blogpost from Emmanuel Mogaji explains and illustrates how sometimes we can get things wrong in the way that we approach possible research collaborators. He also provides some ideas for how we can get our collaboration approaches right! Collaboration seems like a buzz word in academia. It is considered important in building your research … [Read more...] about Why would I not collaborate with you? Getting the approach right.
Many people (especially researchers in the UK) will be familiar with the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF). If you aren’t, it’s a tool that helps researchers understand the competencies required to improve their development as a researcher. It’s not new, but if you haven’t discovered it before it’s a useful yardstick by which to gauge your … [Read more...] about Can collaboration speed-up researcher development?
This is sometimes really difficult to do gracefully, tactfully and indeed, successfully! It is also a really great time management technique, and for all that we like to say "yes", and piirus.ac.uk is all about networking and collaborative research, we do know that sometimes you have to say "no". I really like this post from the Athene Donald blog on this … [Read more...] about How do you say “no”? 11 approaches you can try!
I have a fear of coming across at times as a demented fan-girl of people whose work I admire. I am a naturally passionate person with my emotions happily tattooed on my sleeve. I’m the one who messages friends because I’m reading the most incredible book, listening to a fantastic band, loving a new recipe, and sharing the happiness seems an obvious and easy … [Read more...] about Finding the human in your research idol