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!)
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
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
A few weeks ago, I was told that I had a good example of an academic portfolio career. I love labels – they make wonky things sound so much prettier. So I obviously googled ‘portfolio career’ to see what I was doing. Having a portfolio career is where you don’t have one full-time job at one location – you have two or more (often more) … [Read more...] about How do you make a portfolio career work for you?
Maybe you’re here at piirus.ac.uk to get a research team together. You’re here to collaborate. You’re here to make friends and influence people, to build your personal brand, or maybe just because you’re curious about how things work. Whatever your reasons for using piirus.ac.uk, you’ll want a great profile that will allow you to be found by people looking … [Read more...] about 3 steps to a great profile on piirus.ac.uk
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.
I've been self-employed and working as a freelancer for over two years, and would like to pass on my top tips. If you're freelancing, you will need: A good work-station. If you're going to spend hours working at home (many researchers already do!), it's worth investing in a comfortable chair, a large screen and an ergonomic keyboard. I used a … [Read more...] about What do you need, to work freelance? 8 key ingredients!
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.
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.
In this interview we hear from Miggie Pickton, Research Support Librarian at the University of Northampton. Miggie tells us about some of the challenges, themes and interactions involved in her work. What does your role involve? My job title is 'Research Support Librarian' and I lead the small (but perfectly formed!) library team responsible for … [Read more...] about Library interactions: An interview with Miggie Pickton
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
Recently, I launched #Piirusvoices on Twitter, researchers from across the globe interacted and shared their best and worse research moments in their career, along with some great hints and tips to research success. It was a great discussion and collation of ideas from a range of individuals involved in different forms of research. Among our chat, … [Read more...] about Top 5 tweets from #Piirusvoices
Piirus member Ryan Anderson has completed Bachelor degrees in Science, and Psychology (honours). He is currently completing his PhD candidature in Psychology, and recently began a blog exploring the science behind love, sex and attraction. He also writes for PsychologyToday (The Mating Game). Here, we learn about a significant moment in his research … [Read more...] about Why I have chosen to pursue evolutionary psychology
What's a MOOC? - A "Massive Open Online Course", and I'm taking part in one called "How to Survive Your PhD" from the Thesis Whisperer: it's free and registration is open, so get in quickly! THE BASICS This looks like a really interesting course for anyone who supports researchers in their work. I don't have much time (this is advertised as a light … [Read more...] about Taking part in a MOOC “How to Survive Your PhD” : Getting started.
In my last blogpost for Piirus in July, I reported on the Vatican Library’s new digitization project, which plans ultimately to make digital copies of the entire collection of 82,000 manuscripts, incunabula, and early prints available online. This is only the most prominent example in a growing number of institutions and libraries that have initiated similar … [Read more...] about The Thrill of the Original: 3 examples of when digital copies just aren’t enough!