Let’s talk about mental health in academia. I know we sometimes don’t like to talk about it much. We’d rather talk about anything else than talk about mental health - but we need to talk. Recently, a study by Lavecque and colleagues showed that: One in two PhD students experiences psychological distress; one in three is at risk of a common psychiatric … [Read more...] about Mental Health in Academia: Lets talk about it.
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
Some academics do seem to be wedded to their research, but let’s leave the marriage metaphors aside. This post is all about choosing which academic work commitments you say ‘yes’ to. At the beginning of this year, I wrote a post on why it was important to be able to say ‘No’. It is a way to create some kind of balance, a way to … [Read more...] about Before you say Yes: 3 questions to ask yourself (And I’m not talking about marriage!)
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 Our correspondent Sarah Wayland writes about journal papers that remain unpublished, due to being unsubmitted or rejected.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
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
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?
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
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
Often, as a researcher you speak a completely different language to the majority of people! If you only had to communicate with your peers then this would not be a problem but modern researchers need to reach a range of different audiences, from the layperson to experts in other disciplines. Your research expertise can act as both a barrier and a vehicle to … [Read more...] about Cracking the code for effective research communication
In our helpful guide, Preparing for Academic Consultancy: what you need to know, you can score yourself against these eight attributes, listed below. This list could help you to decide if a career involving academic consultancy is for you! You enjoy spending time talking and making contacts You’re a good listener who builds strong … [Read more...] about 8 attributes of great consultants
We’re delighted to announce that piirus.ac.uk has formed a strategic alliance with with speakezee - a free online platform that brings together academic speakers that are looking to engage with their audiences and event organisers that are looking to find experts. Like piirus.ac.uk, speakezee shares a similar mission and heritage in that it has been … [Read more...] about Connecting you to speaking opportunities via speakezee