As the editor of this blog, I wanted to share some of my own favourite features! I already wrote a quick run-down of the top 10 posts from 2016 according to the statistics in the New Year, and in 2015 I reflected on piirus’ activities in general. Now I would like to look back on the piirus.ac.uk blog as a whole because we’ve got so much great content.
Our tag cloud indicates the themes that we often address here. Clicking on a tag takes you to the selection of posts which address that theme. ‘Academic networking‘ stands out as a core theme for piirus.ac.uk and the posts under this theme are many and varied. From practical tips that I’ve gleaned myself, to reflections on the circle of niceness and how we can support each other from Kathy McKay – a personal highlight.
Successful networking can lead onto collaboration, of course, and ‘International Collaboration‘ is another theme that stands out in the tag cloud. Scroll down through the list back to October 2015 for my personal highlight here: it’s a post from guest blogger Jonathan Moss on creating collaborative partnerships for international development. I like to feature guest bloggers, and this post is by an outstanding contributor who does fascinating work.
The next tag to catch my eye is ‘online visibility‘. This is such a big theme for early career researchers. There’s a whole tag for posts from or specifically about the early career researcher’s (ECR’s) experience, and I like Heather Griffiths’ post which asked if a PhD student is an ECR. A lot of our content is really aimed at the ECR, in its broadest sense. Anyway, we want to help you to make your research look good, to make your outputs discoverable and to build your online academic identity. Hence our digital academic health check, which is very popular. I’ve linked to the video summary version but I recommend a look at the full guide.
Some smaller tags that you might not notice so easily include the one for interviews. We’ve got a great interview in the pipeline (keep an eye out: you can subscribe to the blog by email). I found Patrizia Rossi’s interview with Julia Hubbard both eye-opening and inspiring, and a reminder that we don’t always know what our colleagues are battling with. A ‘blast from the past’ that I remember learning lots from, is an interview from 2015, with Dr Tim Rudd of Livelab. He shared tips on collaborating with third and public sector organisations.
Apart from exploring our tags, I’d like to highlight the meet our bloggers page. Here you can see some of the faces of the people who write regularly on this blog and I’d like to thank them too, because they’re all great writers from around the world, making a great virtual team! We have guest bloggers too, of course. And this could be you, if you have something to say about the research world that you think others will be interested in reading. We have another page about how to blog for us if you’re interested. It’s simple, you just get in touch with your blog idea and we’ll take it from there, leading you through the process. We proof read and make edits as necessary, and you’ll get to approve a final draft before publication. We hope that it’s a reassuring process for you and will support you throughout.
Finally, please don’t miss our tweets. They’re fed onto the blog and of course they often highlight more of our own blogposts. We also like to raise attention to others’ blogposts that we’re reading and which we think you’d be interested in. There’s a lot of good advice and academic community support out there on Twitter. Take a look at what’s being discussed by clicking on some of the hashtags that we use.
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