Minimalism can be a strange beast. Right now, my life’s possessions consist of: 1. one small tortoiseshell cat; 2. one (admittedly squished) wardrobe’s worth of clothes; 3. four blankets; and, 4. eight boxes that I can pick up, mostly filled with books, art, and all my cake tins. You know – the vital things to life. I used … [Read more...] about The Academic Art of Minimalism
Our correspondent, Christopher Ferguson asks: What role does Higher Education have to play in the current political climate? And he shares his ideas in answer to that question. If I were writing a dystopian comedy in the 1990s, it might have kicked off with the following paragraph. Richard Spencer, a white supremacist and ‘alt-right’ figure, was punched … [Read more...] about Communication, Communication, Communication
As we begin 2017, perhaps some of you will have taken a seasonal break from your work. Or perhaps you worked right through: it can be hard to take time out from research and academic life. Some of you might be making New Year's resolutions and perhaps one of them might be to think of your work-life balance. With this in mind, our blog is taking a look at … [Read more...] about Saying No: Why it’s important to be brave
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
We’re delighted to feature this interview with one of our members, who took part in our Let’s Collaborate campaign on Twitter this year. Read about her research work and her collaboration interests. Who are you and what is the work you do? I am a Research Fellow at the University of Sydney Medical School in Australia. I have a PhD in Forensic … [Read more...] about Let’s Collaborate: Introducing piirus.ac.uk member Lauren Monds
We're delighted to feature an interview with a researcher who has a real enthusiasm for her work. This interview with Dr Olivia Kirtley provides a welcome reminder of all the good that research can do. Tell us about the work you do. I am a postdoctoral research psychologist in the Suicidal Behaviour Research Laboratory (SBRL) at the University of … [Read more...] about Interview with Dr Olivia Kirtley: Dismantling presumption
Following on from our recent blogposts on whether a PhD student is an ECR and exploring what a portfolio career can be, I'm delighted to introduce our new social media correspondent Sarah Wayland, with her debut blogpost for piirus.ac.uk I have recently passed the first anniversary of my graduation, a day that had been many years in the making from … [Read more...] about How could I have prepared better for post-PhD life?
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?
In this guest post by Dr Ewan Ingleby of Teesside University in the UK, we hear about how we might approach teaching and learning about research methods. It has a useful list of academic references at the end, and the title references Elton John's famous song too! ‘Yikes, research methods, I’m terrified!’ It’s a phrase I’ve heard at the beginning of … [Read more...] about Goodbye yellow brick road! Putting the method into teaching research methodology
The thing about people is that we are naturally social. Granted, there is not as much utility in forming hunting coalitions to capture elusive game, or or tribal alliances to defend against marauding neighbours these days as there once was, arguably, but there are all sorts of advantages to group existence. Isolation is really dangerous; this is especially … [Read more...] about The Perils of Isolation – Both Social and Academic
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
In our latest guest blogpost Simon Mercieca writes about a topical issue with links to his research interests. The study of demography is mostly associated with the understanding of economic and social trends within populations. Possibly, the political dimension is perhaps the least taken into consideration and it is perceived as merely playing second … [Read more...] about Brexit: the multifaceted dimension of its demographic aspect
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
Guest blogger Scott Reeves is Professor in Interprofessional Research at the Centre for Health & Social Care Research, Kingston & St George’s, University of London, UK. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Interprofessional Care. Here he talks about the research landscape within interprofessional education. Over the past 20 years of … [Read more...] about Interprofessional education – considering the research agenda
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?