In the opening blog of this series I outlined six issues that are currently undermining the efficacy of research communication. Here, I focus on one of these: “Communication in practice”, and I outline the tension between research and its communication, along with communication’s near cousin, advocacy. Communication, advocacy and scientific … [Read more...] about Evidence is power and its communication must be governed
We're interested in research communication, across disciplines but also when researchers communicate with others such as policy makers and practitioners. Our correspondent Andrew Clappison introduces his mini series that will explore what research communication means. Recently, piirus.ac.uk ran a twitter poll that asked “Should researchers be responsible … [Read more...] about Research communication – are we getting it right when targeting policy and practice?
We’ve been looking at the theme of “saying no” recently on the piirus.ac.uk blog. Our regular correspondent Andrew Clappison took this theme as a chance to acknowledge that knowing when to say ‘no’ to social media can be incredibly valuable. While piirus.ac.uk is a natural fan of social media, I know it can also be a big black hole. It’s far too easy to … [Read more...] about Your personal social media strategy, or Knowing when to say ‘No’ to social media
Our recent series began with piirus.ac.uk correspondent Kathy McKay's post on the portfolio career. Then we heard from a researcher-librarian and guest blogger, Beth Hellen, before our new correspondent Sarah Wayland reflected on how she might have been better prepared for the precarious transitionary period after her PhD. Next, another piirus.ac.uk team … [Read more...] about Everyone has their own career path: our blog series & the essence of post-phd careers
It’s 10 years ago, to this month, that I began my PhD. To be frank, I have no idea where that time has gone or what has happened to the career path I was supposed to follow. As I sit now and reflect on that time, and ask myself what my PhD colleagues are up to now, one thing becomes very obvious: A PhD is not a fast-streamed way into a specific career – not … [Read more...] about A PhD is a rosette, not a career path
Prior to the EU referendum, Nature surveyed nearly a thousand researchers in the UK, the vast majority of which felt Brexit would be “very harmful” to UK Science. Wherever you sit in the Brexit debate there is no denying that, post-Brexit, there will be implications for the science and research community. This blog post looks at two areas that … [Read more...] about Brexit and the UK researcher: an uncertain path
Last time, we looked at how to manage initial contact with your new client. In this post, Andrew Clappison expands on this to offer advice on what to expect after those initial discussions, and how to handle three possible scenarios: If your client is in a rush, then an initial talk might be all it takes to kick-start the project. However, it pays to … [Read more...] about Tips and tricks for managing new clients as an academic consultant (Part 2 of 2)
Managing clients is a key component of successful academic consultancy. In the first of two posts this week, our very own experienced consultant Andrew Clappison sets out a number of pointers to help you avoid common pitfalls on managing new client relationships. Avoiding such pitfalls will save you time and face, and ensure the relationships you are forming … [Read more...] about Tips and tricks for managing new clients as an academic consultant (Part 1 of 2)
Often, as a researcher you speak a completely different language to the majority of people! If you only had to communicate with your peers then this would not be a problem but modern researchers need to reach a range of different audiences, from the layperson to experts in other disciplines. Your research expertise can act as both a barrier and a vehicle to … [Read more...] about Cracking the code for effective research communication
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
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?