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
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.
Irrespective of which hemisphere you currently live in, the conversation about academic leave this holiday season can bring up some uncomfortable truths for those studying or working. Social Media correspondent Sarah Wayland explores the conundrum of ‘to stop or not to stop’ when those around you take leave… A few weeks ago, I began as a Post-Doc Research … [Read more...] about Rethinking leave – to stop or not to stop this holiday season
Earlier this year we attended the Vitae Researcher Developer conference. Here we delivered a range of sessions on academic career breaks as well as presenting a poster on collaboration competencies. There was a lot of interest in our poster and since the event we’ve been working on a version to share more widely. With the festive season upon us, here it is … [Read more...] about Competencies needed for research collaboration: an infographic
This year has seen a lot of focus in the press on issues of precariousness in employment for early career researchers, many of whom are seeking a way out of precarity. In the last quarter of this year, our blog has looked a lot at the career options available to those who finish their PhD. Career paths are a theme close to the core mission of piirus.ac.uk … [Read more...] about Why researchers might want a way out of precarity
Following on from last week's post on the crisis that Europe is headed for, our latest guest blogger, Vera Reed presents an overview of the career position of those with a PhD or doctorate in the United States. Only 1.68% of Americans who are 25 years old or more have earned a PhD, which adds up to about 2.5 million persons, according to data from the … [Read more...] about US Doctorate Earners and Their Earning Potential: What Do We Know?
We’re delighted to feature this co-authored guest blogpost by Lynn Kamerlin (Uppsala University) and Gareth O’Neill (Leiden University). Read on to learn more about the crisis that those with a PhD are facing, as well as ideas for how the problems could be addressed. The number of doctoral candidates produced by European Universities is increasing at a … [Read more...] about Glass Ceilings and Revolving Doors: a Crisis for European Doctoral Candidates
As Twitter’s Academic Writing Month (#AcWriMo) has only just finished, your motivation for writing might already be exhausted. But don't give up now! Our correspondent Sarah Wayland writes about journal papers that remain unpublished, due to being unsubmitted or rejected. What does it take for such homeless journal papers to be published? In the midst of … [Read more...] about Revisiting and reviving “homeless” journal papers
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
When you start out on your own, there are two things you’ll want to get sorted early on: a website and an email address. The former will help people to find out what you do and the latter will help them get in touch with you. Linking them both to your own domain gives you a professional persona for academic consultancy. Buying a domain, and creating a … [Read more...] about How to create a professional persona for academic consultancy
In this guest blogpost we hear from Dr Jenna Lane. She tells an inspiring story of how a career can take shape when you know what you love doing and can recognise opportunities – even if you still don’t know what you want to be when you ‘grow up’. I didn’t have a clue what I wanted to be when I grew up. I had passing thoughts of being a doctor (too much … [Read more...] about What do you want to be when you grow up?
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
I believe that everyone in academia, especially those who are not English native speakers, has to, once in a while, write in a language that is not their mother tongue - be it simply an email, a job application or a paper submission to a journal. In Brazil, most universities offer translation services when an academic wants to submit a paper to important … [Read more...] about How to write in a language that is not your own
This guest blogpost by piirus.ac.uk member Doug Rocks-Macqueen looks at estimated numbers to enhance our understanding of the academic job availability across the disciplines in the UK. Academic jobs— PhD students and Early Career Researchers are told they are either handing them out like candy or that the job market is like a dystopian young adult novel … [Read more...] about Got (or getting) your PhD? Great! But, how likely are you to land an academic job?