Every now and then we run a poll on Twitter, usually in association with a blogpost so that we can embed the polls here and then they are not lost forever in Twitter’s vast timeline. This also helps us to share with you what other researchers like you have said because we know that community spirit is important in academia.
I’ve been reflecting on our past polls and have embedded a few below. This is a thank you for taking part and of course, an encouragement to keep engaging with piirus.ac.uk in this way. We like to hear from you.
1. Most voted for
Our most highly voted for poll was on the matter of whether PhD students should be considered Early Career Researchers. ECR is a label often used in the UK, instead of “young researcher”, and of course there’s a healthy community of ECRs on Twitter. We knew that this question would be something that many of our audience felt passionate about! It ran alongside a blogpost from our PhD student correspondent, Heather Griffiths. Here’s how you voted:
— piirusacuk (@piirusacuk) August 1, 2016
2. Top in 2017
Another poll which attracted high numbers of votes is also a very recent one. It’s associated with a blogpost from Andrew Clappison about how researchers can make sure that their research is heard by policy makers. Andrew asked:
— piirusacuk (@piirusacuk) February 21, 2017
3. Personal favourite
One of my favourite polls was when we asked you where you like to work. This topic often elicits discussion and blogposts from researchers. Everyone is different, but we suspected that lots of researchers like to work from home – and the results confirmed it. Maybe it’s just the researchers that we are in touch with, but anyway, here is what we asked and you answered:
— piirusacuk (@piirusacuk) May 16, 2016
What do you think we should ask in a Twitter poll? Feel free to leave a comment below or get in touch with us directly. And don’t forget to watch our Twitter feed to see if there are live polls that you can vote in.