We’re delighted to hear from a researcher who has wrestled with the post-phd limbo and come out the other side with an alt-ac career. Dr Rob Edwards has found a career that makes the most of the knowledge and skills he honed on his PhD – and builds new ones. Read on to find out how he found his alternative career path. In the beginning… I started my PhD … [Read more...] about My Alternative Academic (Alt-ac) Career – Guest blogger, Dr Rob Edwards
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!)
In the week piirus.ac.uk launches its PiirusMatch Service, designed to connect academic expertise to those bodies and organisations that need it, I thought it would be relevant to reflect upon some of my own experiences of occupying the worlds of both consultancy and research, and pass on a few pointers for any researchers hoping to take the plunge into the … [Read more...] about Knowledge without borders: Reflections and guidance on entering the world of academic consultancy
Most of the time, our research fascinates and encapsulates us. It is vibrant and original and we want everyone to hear about it. Yet on some days, everyone else’s work seems so much more interesting. We all know how important it is to keep our ideas fresh, but everyone gets stuck in a rut now and then, especially when we don’t have the time or energy to work … [Read more...] about Connecting researchers to great opportunities: exploring and expanding your research interests
Here at Piirus, we're all members of the research community ourselves, and we're always looking for new ways to help our members expand and strengthen their research networks. You can already join Piirus.com for free and use it to identify and connect with researchers who might become new collaboration partners. Now we want to help members to reach … [Read more...] about #letscollaborate: We’ll help you find research collaboration partners.
We are already in full swing into the New Year and so some of you may already be doing your upmost to keep up those New Year’s resolutions for this year, whether that be dieting or developing a new research collaboration for this year! Resolutions are a great way to think about what you want to achieve. Setting them is a great way of channelling … [Read more...] about Piirus Voices: Research Resolutions!
In the blogpost I recently co-authored with Jenny Delasalle, we gave some pointers to researchers visiting an archive for the first time. This post follows up on that, and is to help those who might be confronting an historical document for the first time. Imagine the scene. You're at the archives, your desk and your documents are booked, and you are now … [Read more...] about At the archives: what’s that scrawl? Tips on reading historical documents
I've long felt a bit conflicted on the subject of Twitter. I remember doing a workshop while I was a student at the University of Warwick, and we were being encouraged to embrace the micro-blog opportunities afforded by Twitter. Someone asked whether it was okay to tweet during conference presentations, and the facilitator suggested it would be fine. I … [Read more...] about It Started with a Tweet…
Recently, I was invited to give a presentation at a midwifery event in London. There were about 700 midwives in the room, which was terrifying in itself. But far more frightening was the subject of the presentation: myself. I know! I felt utterly naked (and said so, as a kind of ice breaker. Happily, they laughed!) I explained that it's a rare thing, … [Read more...] about Let them in: video opens the doors of communication.
Here is a story of some of my experiences, and recommendations for researchers who might want to use Skype for meetings across multiple locations. (Skype is just one of the many tools that can be useful for anyone who is collaborating with others across long distances.) Although I had installed Skype some years ago, I never really used it – only a few … [Read more...] about 4 Things to Help Novice Users of Virtual Meeting Tools: Making Skype Meetings Run Smoothly
Piirus investigated ways that it can help you as an early career researcher, to boost your research. This infographic summarises five things that you can do, and which Piirus helps you to do, to maximise the effectiveness of your research. … [Read more...] about Early career researchers: five ways to be effective in your research
Fiona Colligan is Piirus’ founder, and she’s passionate about breaking down the barriers to how researchers connect. Fiona is aware that researchers need to cross what, at times, can be challenging boundaries of discipline, geography and career. She founded Piirus when managing the University of Warwick’s Wolfson Research Exchange, a collaborative research … [Read more...] about Piirus: a passion for connecting researchers and crossing boundaries. An interview with Fiona Colligan, founder of Piirus.