To accompany the launch of our Piirus Match service for those seeking academic consultants, and Piirus Associate status for piirus.ac.uk members seeking opportunities in academic consultancy, we've created new resources on this theme. Our aim is to help researchers to understand more about academic consultancy. Our guide to preparing for academic consultancy … [Read more...] about Infographic on academic consultancy activities and opportunities
Archives for June 2016
This blogpost is an excerpt from our excellent guide: “Preparing for Academic Consultancy: what you need to know“ You can also find out more about academic consultancy in a recent blogpost with reflections from one of our correspondents. Changing work patterns are making a big impact on academic careers. Consultancy opportunities are becoming an … [Read more...] about What is academic consultancy?
In this excellent blogpost from Damien Debecker we hear about what researchers might gain from reading scientific blog posts, but also we can glean some ideas about why and how to write about science in blog posts. In addition to the regular scientific literature, the world-wide-web is now full of alternative forms of scientific narration. Among those, I … [Read more...] about 5 reasons why I read scientific blog posts (or why to blog your science!)
We're privileged to hear once again from our regular guest blogger, Kate Maxwell. Kate writes about themes of collaboration in research from Norway, and in this post she sheds light on some of the dangers of cross-disciplinary collaboration, sharing Norwegian researchers' responses to them. In my last blog for Piirus, I ended on the rather depressing note … [Read more...] about Norway series. How to fight off a barbarian invasion!
Feedback, insights and reflections from #ARMA2016 We were everywhere at the recent 2016 ARMA UK annual conference. What with the rebranding and the initial findings of the career breaks survey, we had a lot to talk to you about. If you were there, you may have seen our stand (the only stand selling something for free!), chatted to us about what we do, … [Read more...] about Where next for the career breaks survey?
This is the third blogpost in our series by Kate Maxwell. Kate writes about themes of collaboration in research from Norway, although her experience is probably familiar to researchers around world. I don't know about where you are, but here in Norway we're on full alert for The Summer. The national day celebrations are over, exams are underway, and … [Read more...] about Norway series. Collaboration: a (sixth-century) barbarian invasion?
What we found out about differences and impacts based on discipline, gender and career stage. If you missed our big Twitter reveal to the poll question: 'Of those who returned to work part-time after a career break, what percentage were women?', the answer was 75%. So of our respondents who work part-time, three quarters are women, and with part-time … [Read more...] about A preview of the career break landscape
In this blogpost from piirus.ac.uk member Zoe Bulaitis, English Literature PhD Student, we hear about places that you can look for academic events and conferences to attend. Summer means conference season in academia. From casual graduate symposia popping up across campuses, to the vast annual international gatherings of scholars in one dedicated field, … [Read more...] about How do you find conferences to attend? Some useful sources
In this guest post by Dr Ewan Ingleby of Teesside University in the UK, we hear about how we might approach teaching and learning about research methods. It has a useful list of academic references at the end, and the title references Elton John's famous song too! ‘Yikes, research methods, I’m terrified!’ It’s a phrase I’ve heard at the beginning of … [Read more...] about Goodbye yellow brick road! Putting the method into teaching research methodology