Recently an article I wrote with a colleague went viral. We had media interest over two days from all over the world. There was even an article by the Science Editor in The Times, which feels a strange thing to say about a little essay. The article has been published in over 30 languages across 1,000 media outlets. Because it was just a little … [Read more...] about Going viral: 3 tips to help you through
In this final blogpost of a trilogy (read part one and part two first!), Dr Christopher Ferguson tells of his latest career direction, and how he has been able to identify opportunity. I’ve found it difficult to make it in the private sector, at least in terms of working for other people. The problem is getting a chance. One opportunity came to me through … [Read more...] about A Post PhD Career Journey in 3 Parts. Part Three: Looking for Opportunity
Following on from last week when he set off on a post-PhD career journey, our correspondent Dr Christopher Ferguson explores more of his career path. Having found a promising direction, that of supporting researchers with their grant applications, I needed to find out more about such roles at the University. The first thing that I started doing was taking … [Read more...] about A Post PhD Career Journey in 3 Parts. Part Two: The Marginal (Career) Advantage
Following on from our recent guest blogpost in which Dr Beth Hellen turned to academic librarianship, here we trace a different post-phd career path. In this first of three blogposts on his career journey, our correspondent Dr Christopher Ferguson shares the significant moments that set him on his path. What are the open paths after a… let’s call it a… … [Read more...] about A Post-PhD Career Journey in 3 Parts. Part One: Significant Moments
This guest post from Álvaro López-Franco describes his research which is both interdisciplinary and international in its scope. What led him to become an interdisciplinary researcher and why is an international perspective suited to his work? Nowadays, we live in an interconnected world. It′s obvious. I am writing this article from a small city of the … [Read more...] about Interdisciplinary and international research: a local case
In this guest blogpost we hear about a forthcoming event which focuses on the role of the media in muslim-majority countries. Scholars are also very welcome to submit papers for panel discussion by 31 July 2016. Internet penetration of the Middle East and South Asia is large and growing, and this allows a profusion of new information and the formation of … [Read more...] about The role of the media in Muslim-majority countries
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!
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?
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
On the 12th of February, as part of the #Piirusvoices campaign, piirus.ac.uk hosted a Twitter chat centering around the theme of loving your research. The event, jointly chaired by piirus.ac.uk correspondents Arun Verma and myself was essentially run as a large group discussion that academics were free to drop into and out of as they pleased. There … [Read more...] about Twitter for academics – my first ever Twitter chat
We're delighted to bring you this guest blogpost by Jack Gann, whose reflections from his own discipline raise similar issues relating to collaboration as an earlier blogpost from the health care sector, on interprofessional education: readers from across the disciplines will notice common themes. Jack's advice also complements our post about visiting … [Read more...] about Using museum collections for academic research
Piirus member and guest blogger Antoinette Schembri tells us about how she discovered the focus of her research. In academia, the choice of a subject results either from a long term interest or else emerges by accident in the course of one’s studies. In my case, my interest in home schooling started by coincidence. I never thought that one day I would … [Read more...] about Why have I chosen to focus on home schooling?
In the second instalment of her series on cross-disciplinary collaboration in Norway, Kate Maxwell reports on government policy, in particular on an upcoming consultation on the how to shape the future of the humanities. (In her first guest blogpost you can read about a Norwegian experiment in cross-disciplinary collaboration.) On the 11th December 2015, … [Read more...] about Norway series part II: government policy for the humanities
Our guest blogger, Paul Benneworth is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), part of the Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Here, he sheds light on ways that researchers can fruitfully work together. As an economic geography researcher at a technical … [Read more...] about Multidisciplinary research: building a smart, sustainable future or high-technology dead-ends?
Neil Fraistat is our latest guest blogger: he writes here about the growth of digital scholarship and an approach to developing digital competencies through the digital humanities centre. As with Sharon McDonough's recent guest blogpost for Piirus, the importance of community comes to the fore. Digital Humanities (DH) centres, of course, have long … [Read more...] about Data first: remodelling the digital humanities centre