Our latest interviewee is Dr Tamika Heiden of Knowledge Translation Australia, who recently ran the innovative, international Research Impact Summit at which Fiona Colligan and I were among the 20+ speakers. The summit ran over 3 days and was free for those who attended it within 72 hours. I was impressed by the summit and I’m very pleased to have been able … [Read more...] about Insights from the Research Impact Summit, an interview with Dr Tamika Heiden
In this guest blogpost we hear about a forthcoming event which focuses on the role of the media in muslim-majority countries. Scholars are also very welcome to submit papers for panel discussion by 31 July 2016. Internet penetration of the Middle East and South Asia is large and growing, and this allows a profusion of new information and the formation of … [Read more...] about The role of the media in Muslim-majority countries
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?
What we found out about differences and impacts based on discipline, gender and career stage. If you missed our big Twitter reveal to the poll question: 'Of those who returned to work part-time after a career break, what percentage were women?', the answer was 75%. So of our respondents who work part-time, three quarters are women, and with part-time … [Read more...] about A preview of the career break landscape
In this blogpost from piirus.ac.uk member Zoe Bulaitis, English Literature PhD Student, we hear about places that you can look for academic events and conferences to attend. Summer means conference season in academia. From casual graduate symposia popping up across campuses, to the vast annual international gatherings of scholars in one dedicated field, … [Read more...] about How do you find conferences to attend? Some useful sources
Until recently, the only time I'd ever tried live tweeting was while watching BBC Question Time using the dedicated hashtag #bbcqt. Following that hashtag was fascinating, enlightening and often hilarious but I no longer had a clue what was going on in the actual television debate. For this reason I had been reluctant to live tweet at conferences - surely … [Read more...] about I live tweeted, and I liked it.
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
As our correspondent Ryan Anderson reported last week, piirus.ac.uk hosted a Twitter chat recently. Ryan co-hosted the event with Arun Verma, who introduced the event on this blog and chose his top 5 tweets to share in a Storify, before he left our social media team to concentrate on writing up his thesis. [<a … [Read more...] about How do you love your research? Top 5 tweets from our February #piirusvoices event
This guest blogpost from Piirus member Elaine Campbell, Senior Lecturer at Northumbria Law School, UK, explains why collaboration works for career researchers. If you don't already have a New Year's resolution, then perhaps consider this one! I was an only child, until I was 13 years old. Without any siblings in the house, I got on with things by … [Read more...] about Why collaboration should be your New Year’s Resolution
As Piirus' blog and social media editor, I'm taking a look back on all that we've achieved in 2015, as we approach the end of the year and a well-earned, short seasonal break. We've published over 140 blogposts and our team has seen membership changes. We've been privileged to feature the perspectives of many different researchers on the blog, both as … [Read more...] about My Piirus blog highlights from 2015
At Piirus, we know that internationalising your research is an important career step for you as an academic: it can make your research more productive and raise the profile of your research, bringing it to new audiences. The UK's Department of Business, Innovation and Skills reported in 2013 that an increase in research productivity was at least partly … [Read more...] about Building an international profile as a researcher: our survey respondents said…
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”
Piirus recently attended the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2015 in Manchester, the largest dedicated event for all those with a strategic and practical role in developing researchers. Piirus exhibited alongside jobs.ac.uk on the first day of the conference, which had aschedule that was jam packed with talks and workshops: … [Read more...] about Highlights from the Vitae Researcher Development International Conference 2015
Last week, we heard from our Social Science correspondent, Bernie Divall, about how she has warmed up to Twitter but still has reservations. Here, I share some of my advice. As a new academic, how do you find your community on Twitter? Hashtags can help you to do this. They sometimes have a broad audience of listeners, or an active participation level, or … [Read more...] about Tweet with a hashtag: 13 tags for new academics!
Everyone from Kalamazoo is used to the almost instant incredulous reaction after stating where you’re from: “WHAAAT?? There really is a Kalamazoo??,” most likely prompting an intonation of Glen Miller’s 1942 hit song, “I Got a Gal In Kalamazoo”. This even inspired the city to adopt “Yes, there really is a Kalamazoo” as it’s official marketing slogan, … [Read more...] about Conference report: 50th Anniversary International Medieval Congress, Kalamazoo 2015