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 … [Read more...] about All about our blog: my personal highlights
The observant reader might notice that we've introduced a new category on our blog, called "Free resources". We're using it to collect blog posts that will lead you to all of the guides, infographics, useful overviews, survey results, etc that have been produced for piirus.ac.uk. Over the last couple of years we've been growing this blog and our offer to … [Read more...] about Free resources from piirus.ac.uk
The precarity of the academic job market appears to be a prominent theme at present, alongside the shear competition for academic roles. Last week I had the pleasure of participating in a google hangout hosted by Vitae, titled Successful career planning for researchers. The discussion that took place further enforced the concern that exists around these … [Read more...] about Building a bigger and better picture of academic recruitment and career pathways
We're delighted to have had so many responses to our survey on Career pathways following doctoral research. Many thanks for sharing to all 5199 of you, and indeed all those who helped us to promote the survey. You've helped to ensure that we could reach so many people and build a career path picture that could inspire and interest both other researchers and … [Read more...] about Our career paths survey: thanks for sharing!
It’s nearly the end of 2016, and time for me to take a quick look back at our most popular blogposts from this year.* Actually, some of the posts that were most visited this year date back to 2015, perhaps because they have been heavily promoted like our digital identity health check, or perhaps because the topic appeals to many of you, such as our post … [Read more...] about Have you read our “top ten” posts for 2016? A round-up for the year.
A key learning for me as founder of piirus.ac.uk is the tendency in the UK to assume that every country has the equivalent to the ac.uk domain, which denotes a connection with an academic institution. I've found out that many countries don't have this and depend instead on commercial, free email accounts. I've had many researchers contact me and express … [Read more...] about Removing the academic email address requirement at piirus.ac.uk
We were at this conference in 2015 and it's always a great place to meet people in our sector. This year we're presenting on the results of our academic career breaks survey and we have a poster, which looks at research collaboration and what it takes to run one. If you are also going to be there, then please do take a look at our poster! If you're not going … [Read more...] about 12 & 13 Sept: the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2016
Maybe you’re here at piirus.ac.uk to get a research team together. You’re here to collaborate. You’re here to make friends and influence people, to build your personal brand, or maybe just because you’re curious about how things work. Whatever your reasons for using piirus.ac.uk, you’ll want a great profile that will allow you to be found by people looking … [Read more...] about 3 steps to a great profile on piirus.ac.uk
This blogpost is an excerpt from our guide to preparing for academic consultancy. The full guide covers such topics as the current climate for early career academics, the ways that consultancy differs from research and attributes of a great academic consultant. Here are the ten actions that will help you to prepare for consultancy work that it … [Read more...] about 10 actions that will help you get ready for consultancy work
From #ScholarSunday to #phdchat, Twitter's hashtags have the potential to foster research collaboration and celebration. Academia can be a hard enough gig without us thinking that we’re alone in it. Twitter (like piirus.ac.uk!) allows us to meet academics we might never have met otherwise, not just because of geographic distance but also differences in … [Read more...] about When a hashtag gives you a collaborative network: #letscollaborate
We’re delighted to announce that piirus.ac.uk has formed a strategic alliance with with speakezee - a free online platform that brings together academic speakers that are looking to engage with their audiences and event organisers that are looking to find experts. Like piirus.ac.uk, speakezee shares a similar mission and heritage in that it has been … [Read more...] about Connecting you to speaking opportunities via speakezee
To accompany the launch of our Piirus Match service for those seeking academic consultants, and Piirus Associate status for piirus.ac.uk members seeking opportunities in academic consultancy, we've created new resources on this theme. Our aim is to help researchers to understand more about academic consultancy. Our guide to preparing for academic consultancy … [Read more...] about Infographic on academic consultancy activities and opportunities
This blogpost is an excerpt from our excellent guide: “Preparing for Academic Consultancy: what you need to know“ You can also find out more about academic consultancy in a recent blogpost with reflections from one of our correspondents. Changing work patterns are making a big impact on academic careers. Consultancy opportunities are becoming an … [Read more...] about What is academic consultancy?
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