If you run, you are a runner. It doesn’t matter how fast or how far. It doesn’t matter if today is your first day or if you’ve been running for twenty years. There is no test to pass, no license to earn, no membership card to get in. You just run” This quote is by John Bingham, nicknamed ‘The Penguin’, for coming in at the back of the pack - … [Read more...] about Keep on running: what inspires PhD students to become runners?
How many hours would you say you work a week? We've talked a lot about managing workloads lately on our blog, from imagining an alternative academic career to productivity hacks, but we all tiptoe around the topic of actual working time and the harsh realities of working flexibly. This topic holds a particular interest to me as my PhD is on flexible work, … [Read more...] about Working 5 to 9: how many hours are enough?
How do we make the 'right' career decisions in academia, and build our overall academic identity? I received an email from a colleague and this quote got me thinking: "all [ECRs she once worked with] would have benefitted from... support which provided them with sense of independence and value of self; knowing what rules were in place constraining choices; … [Read more...] about Your alternative academic identity: learning the rules?
Continuing the theme of consideration, self-care, and work-life balance, I would like to share with you my experience of #PhDlife overload which I encountered last term. As a PhD student with high ambitions and an equally high mortgage payment, I have tendency to say 'yes' to most things and up until now it has served me well. By saying 'yes' and having … [Read more...] about What I learned when I took on too much: I am not a PhD superhero
We try to be an inclusive bunch at piirus.ac.uk, recognising that researchers come in all shapes and sizes, not to mention countries and disciplines. The variety of the research community is what makes it so wonderful, and is one of the reasons why collaboration can create such unique opportunities for us all. But what about those who don't always feel … [Read more...] about Am I a PhD ECR? What is an Early Career Researcher?
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?
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
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
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.
Most of the time, our research fascinates and encapsulates us. It is vibrant and original and we want everyone to hear about it. Yet on some days, everyone else’s work seems so much more interesting. We all know how important it is to keep our ideas fresh, but everyone gets stuck in a rut now and then, especially when we don’t have the time or energy to work … [Read more...] about Connecting researchers to great opportunities: exploring and expanding your research interests