Sometimes when life insists on throwing sticks and stones at us, and we feel tired and uninspired, that is when we turn to other people for solace and inspiration. Recently we’ve been talking about how we need a mentor or a guardian angel in our academic lives, and sometimes a role model is just what we need. We thought that it would be nice to share our … [Read more...] about Talking about role models . We share ours with you.
Our in-depth interview with full time consultant and entrepreneur, Rob Johnson continues. Last week we focused on the early days of creating a consultancy company. This week, we learn more about the ingredients for success in this sector. - You often work with other freelancers and indeed with academic consultants. Can you describe the ideal … [Read more...] about Consultancy reflections: An interview with Rob Johnson, founder of Research Consulting, Part 2
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
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
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
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 Our correspondent Sarah Wayland writes about journal papers that remain unpublished, due to being unsubmitted or rejected.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
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 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?
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
In this final blogpost of a trilogy (read part one and part two first!), Dr Christopher Ferguson tells of his latest career direction, and how he has been able to identify opportunity. I’ve found it difficult to make it in the private sector, at least in terms of working for other people. The problem is getting a chance. One opportunity came to me through … [Read more...] about A Post PhD Career Journey in 3 Parts. Part Three: Looking for Opportunity
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
As a team, we're rather international: Jenny is based in Germany and Kathy splits her time between Nuaru and Australia. Even our UK based colleagues are across the whole length of the nation, from Fiona and Chris in Scotland, via Emma in England's North East, Heather and University of Warwick colleagues in the midlands, to Andrew in Cornwall. We're … [Read more...] about Collaborating on an international scale: our tips
Prior to the EU referendum, Nature surveyed nearly a thousand researchers in the UK, the vast majority of which felt Brexit would be “very harmful” to UK Science. Wherever you sit in the Brexit debate there is no denying that, post-Brexit, there will be implications for the science and research community. This blog post looks at two areas that … [Read more...] about Brexit and the UK researcher: an uncertain path
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 blogpost is an excerpt from our excellent guide: "Preparing for Academic Consultancy: what you need to know" 1. THE RELATIONSHIP Academic consultants are paid for their expertise by organisations who are not funding research. So you need to get used to a relationship that is client/consultant not funder/researcher. 2. TWO MASTERS When you work on … [Read more...] about 10 ways consultancy differs to research