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
Who do you need? It is not always easy to get by in the academic world, especially when you are just starting out. I’m not one to normally question Simon and Garfunkel but, in truth, no one can be an island for the long-term. At some point, all of us need somebody, if not to love, then to work with – which I’m sure is also badly paraphrasing another classic … [Read more...] about Finding Your People: Mentors, Collaborators, and Guardian Angels
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
This is our first blogpost from our new piirus.ac.uk social media correspondent, Dr Luana Chiquetto. Luana is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and we’re delighted that she is able to broaden the international perspective of our team! In this post she describes some of the highs and lows of the post-phd career landscape that she observes. I'm not the only one … [Read more...] about I got a PhD: Now what? Discovering the post-phd career landscape
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
A few Sundays ago, I spent the afternoon with a colleague making felt animals to match the story ‘Dear Zoo’. All of this was done on a steep learning curve – I am deeply uncrafty with a knowledge of children’s literature bound to feminist deconstructions of fairytales and ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. But my friend needed help – she needed felt characters … [Read more...] about On small goodnesses
Launched in 2003, LinkedIn is popular among business professionals and companies. Packed with features to help you expand your network, it's pretty much like Facebook without the holiday posts and with more professional networking and industry updates. The piirus.ac.uk team have gathered some tips on how early career researchers could benefits … [Read more...] about 5 LinkedIn tips for early career researchers
In a previous post, we shared a few social media tips to start a Twitter account for even the shyest among us. So now that you’ve taken a deep breath and joined, what next? We thought we’d help out with the basics. Here are our first five of ten steps to get started on Twitter as an academic and creating a positive representation of yourself that you’re … [Read more...] about Ten steps to get started on Twitter as an academic: part 1
This week has been a busy one for piirus.ac.uk – we’ve got a brand new website and a new offer, as our founder Fiona Colligan explained. We’re also much more closely partnered with jobs.ac.uk than ever before, and you can find our latest guide over on their website, which is aimed at all piirus.ac.uk members who take up the opportunity to become a Piirus … [Read more...] about Our guide to preparing for academic consultancy
We've been working with people across the sector to better understand how Piirus can help you. So, we've made a few changes and we're pleased to tell you that Piirus is improving its service. Piirus Associate - connecting expertise to the public and third sectors We're delighted to announce the launch of PiirusMatch. This brand new service opens up … [Read more...] about Piirus develops its offer to the global higher education sector
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
Our latest blogpost from Emmanuel Mogaji explains and illustrates how sometimes we can get things wrong in the way that we approach possible research collaborators. He also provides some ideas for how we can get our collaboration approaches right! Collaboration seems like a buzz word in academia. It is considered important in building your research … [Read more...] about Why would I not collaborate with you? Getting the approach right.
Maybe you are a researcher who is interested in collaboration with other researchers, but you are not searching for anything in particular just now. You know that you need to make contacts so that you have a broad network to meet your needs in the future, but those future needs are not altogether certain. So you put your profile up on websites and services … [Read more...] about 7 ways to make the first move when strengthening your network
Twitter hashtags are a great way to join a conversation and feel part of a community. But how do you know which hashtags to use or follow? We've written a lot on the topic of Twitter hashtags before in an effort to help you get started. Jenny's shared her top 13 hashtags for new academics and 12 broad academic hashtags, as well as hashtags for open and … [Read more...] about See our collection of Twitter hashtags for researchers – and add to it
Valentine’s day is fast approaching and individual researchers may be seeking out new researcher collaborations, or romancing their ideas, or even getting themselves ready for a night in with those grant applications! Okay, so perhaps not the typical Valentine’s day. As you are already aware, from my fellow correspondent’s blog post last week, … [Read more...] about How to ‘Love Your Research’? A #piirusvoices event.