Remember the Academic Career Breaks survey that we ran earlier this year? Well, it was a huge success and a massive 5,000 people working in Higher Education responded! So thank you to everyone who took the time to have their say and complete the survey. Thanks to your overwhelming response we now have a wonderful amount of data to work with and are still … [Read more...] about Career Breaks Showcase – join us at the ARMA Annual Conference 2016
Archives for May 2016
This week has been a busy one for piirus.ac.uk – we’ve got a brand new website and a new offer, as our founder Fiona Colligan explained. We’re also much more closely partnered with jobs.ac.uk than ever before, and you can find our latest guide over on their website, which is aimed at all piirus.ac.uk members who take up the opportunity to become a Piirus … [Read more...] about Our guide to preparing for academic consultancy
This year, my third PhD student will graduate and – to happy-dance quite a bit – will receive the Chancellor’s Medal as well. Each graduation has been so exciting. My three PhD students are extraordinary and being part of their projects, helping in whatever way I could, has been an incredible experience over the last few years. It’s been all the more … [Read more...] about Being a supervisor – 3 things I’ve learnt
In the week piirus.ac.uk launches its PiirusMatch Service, designed to connect academic expertise to those bodies and organisations that need it, I thought it would be relevant to reflect upon some of my own experiences of occupying the worlds of both consultancy and research, and pass on a few pointers for any researchers hoping to take the plunge into the … [Read more...] about Knowledge without borders: Reflections and guidance on entering the world of academic consultancy
We've been working with people across the sector to better understand how Piirus can help you. So, we've made a few changes and we're pleased to tell you that Piirus is improving its service. Piirus Associate - connecting expertise to the public and third sectors We're delighted to announce the launch of PiirusMatch. This brand new service opens up … [Read more...] about Piirus develops its offer to the global higher education sector
We’re delighted to bring you an interview with Dr Danny Kingsley published author, open access advocate and Head of Scholarly Communication at the University of Cambridge. Danny tells us about her role and a message that shines through is the importance of making contacts, and of collaborating in her work: with other library staff and other departments, but … [Read more...] about An interview with Dr Danny Kingsley: Open access & scholarly communication takes collaboration
No matter what stage of research or academia you are at in your career, getting published is a tough process. In fact, a majority of time, we as researchers are rejected from journals more often than we are accepted, especially at an early career level when we are developing skills, contacts and resiliency. In my experience as an early career researcher, … [Read more...] about Don’t get mad, get better: A story of receiving peer review comments
This week we're very pleased to share with you Andrew Derrington’s advice: he takes us through the structure of a research grant application and provides useful links to other content to equip you with the right tools for your grant application writing. Most of my business involves helping academics to write better research grant applications. Prospects … [Read more...] about How to draft a research grant application
I work from home full time and I'm very happy with the arrangement, but there are some pitfalls. Time flies so quickly, even when you have the luxury of an empty house and no commute. So where does all the time go?! Housework distractions. For example, before you sit down to work for the day, you might put a load of dirty laundry into the washing … [Read more...] about Working at home: where does all the time go? 5 hazards to watch out for!
Working in academia can be a tricky thing. As much as the work can be inspiring, creative, and life-changing, it can also be isolating, uncertain, and insecure. In fact, Piirus has just published a post by the wonderful Ryan on the perils of isolation within academia. Ryan argued “very few people would liken graduate school to a leisurely jaunt”. And for … [Read more...] about Staying in academia: 3 things I find helpful at challenging times
Until recently, the only time I'd ever tried live tweeting was while watching BBC Question Time using the dedicated hashtag #bbcqt. Following that hashtag was fascinating, enlightening and often hilarious but I no longer had a clue what was going on in the actual television debate. For this reason I had been reluctant to live tweet at conferences - surely … [Read more...] about I live tweeted, and I liked it.