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
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.
This guest blogpost from Kaitlyn Bunker discusses and illustrates a familiar theme for researchers. There is often a conflict for researchers between depth (becoming an expert in a very specific area) and breadth (learning much about a range of related topics). In my experiences both as a student and now as a professional, I have found value in both … [Read more...] about Depth versus breadth in research
Harriet Frew shares some common insecurities in research and some approaches to them. Harriet is a specialist counsellor offering transformation programmes to support women to feel great about food, eating and their body image. She is also a contributor to local BBC Radio, offering her experience and counselling expertise in this area. You can learn more … [Read more...] about Self-doubt, perfectionism and common insecurities during research work
At Piirus we're trying out a collaborative working tool, namely the free version of Slack. We're using it for one of our many projects, as a communication tool. It is a way for us to keep people in Berlin (Germany), Warwick, Newcastle (England) and deepest Scotland in touch with the each other, as we progress on our project. Here are some of my thoughts at … [Read more...] about A collaborative working tool called Slack: thoughts on using it
We've heard recently from our Arts and Humanities correspondent about the project to digitise the Vatican's documents. Digitisation is a growing phenomena and there are many reasons why it might be carried out, leading to a variety of approaches. This post takes a look at some of the possible motivations that might lead to digitisation: Piirus is all about … [Read more...] about Why choose to digitise? 7 motivations to balance if you’re collaborating.
You did all the groundwork and your collaborative project is underway: great! Keeping it on track is now the priority, and it's all about planning and communication. What is the best way to keep in touch, and keep everyone informed? Image credit: Armchairbuilder.com, Flickr Creative Commons Each project has its own needs, but they may fall into one of … [Read more...] about Four issues when undertaking collaborative projects
Do you feel you should collaborate more in your research or make more research connections? Did you participate in the recent #ecrchat on Twitter about Knowledge Exchange and Collaboration or wish you had? Are you undertaking a collaborative project and want to share your tips and hear others? Collaborating with others drives research excellence and … [Read more...] about Increase your impact through research collaboration – tips for researchers