In 1973 Marlon Brando famously sent Sacheen Littlefeather to accept - or rather reject - his Oscar for the Godfather. At this year’s ARMA Conference, as I accepted the piirus.ac.uk sponsored award for Technological Innovation and Application, I wished I’d had Sacheen on speed-dial. She could have saved me. I’m not great in the spotlight. Of course, … [Read more...] about Me and Sacheen – in the social media spotlight
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?
Remember the Academic Career Breaks survey that we ran earlier this year? Well, it was a huge success and a massive 5,000 people working in Higher Education responded! So thank you to everyone who took the time to have their say and complete the survey. Thanks to your overwhelming response we now have a wonderful amount of data to work with and are still … [Read more...] about Career Breaks Showcase – join us at the ARMA Annual Conference 2016
Next week, I'm going to the 17th Australasian Research Management Society 2015 Conference “Research Management in a Global Context”. I'll be there in Singapore(!), along with Nick Brian, Director of the Warwick Employment Group, to represent both Piirus & our sister service jobs.ac.uk. We're excited about the programme as this will be an opportunity … [Read more...] about Piirus at the Australasian Research Management Society 2015 Conference: “Research Management in a Global Context”
In our latest follow-up to our survey of ARMA members we're pleased to talk to Dr. Carlos García Aparicio who describes his varied role which centres around sourcing partners for research, and promoting the research work of his institute. What does your role as research manager at the Institute of Polymer Science and Technology (ICTP) involve? I'm … [Read more...] about Building research partnerships & promoting research: An Interview with Dr. Carlos García Aparicio
As Piirus is a service in the technology and innovation space ourselves, we know first hand that success is not just how well you develop the technology but how well you plan for adoption, integration and the cultural change that comes with the new technology. We've found that this means listening a lot, sometimes taking a step that feels like a less direct … [Read more...] about Technology innovation and application in research management and administration – the ARMA awards
Some of the Piirus team recently attended the ARMA (Association of Research Managers and Administrators) conference in Brighton 1st-3rd June 2015, where research managers and administrators come together to share best practice and discuss current issues facing the profession. There were a range of sessions, focusing on topics such as impact, evaluation and … [Read more...] about Research managers and piers – the 2015 ARMA conference
Did you know that you can join Piirus even if you're not a researcher yourself, but in a role supporting researchers? It's free and you'd be welcome! Here are three reasons why we think it's a great idea: You can use Piirus to see which researchers at your own institution are looking for collaborations, and in what research areas: you can then tailor … [Read more...] about Research Managers and Administrators on Piirus? 3 reasons why it’s a good idea!
Following on from our recent survey of ARMA members and our attendance at the ARMA 2015 conference, we're publishing interviews here. This week, we're pleased to feature Lachlan Smith, Research Funding Bid Writer who describes his role, the rewards from it and the importance of relationship building. What does your role as Research Funding Bid Writer … [Read more...] about Rewards of a role writing research funding bids. An interview with Lachlan Smith
Alex Challis is Postgraduate Research Student and Research Manager at QMUL's School of Politics and International Relations and responded to Piirus' recent survey. Alex previously worked as a Research Administrator in the Department of Media and Communications at the LSE for two and a half years and has also worked at the Universities of Auckland and Otago … [Read more...] about Learning about the role of a research manager. An interview with Alex Challis