We’re delighted to bring you a blogpost from Arun Verma, PhD student at University of Dundee (who has just submitted his thesis). Arun is also one of our past correspondents, who writes today as a guest blogger. Recent conversations with colleagues have kept bringing up this notion that academic research is a game to be played. (It's also something that … [Read more...] about Playing the research game
How do we make the 'right' career decisions in academia, and build our overall academic identity? I received an email from a colleague and this quote got me thinking: "all [ECRs she once worked with] would have benefitted from... support which provided them with sense of independence and value of self; knowing what rules were in place constraining choices; … [Read more...] about Your alternative academic identity: learning the rules?
Prior to the EU referendum, Nature surveyed nearly a thousand researchers in the UK, the vast majority of which felt Brexit would be “very harmful” to UK Science. Wherever you sit in the Brexit debate there is no denying that, post-Brexit, there will be implications for the science and research community. This blog post looks at two areas that … [Read more...] about Brexit and the UK researcher: an uncertain path
Last week, a review of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) was published, often called “the Stern review” as a kind of shorthand. For readers outside UK higher education, the REF determines how academic research is evaluated for funding and rankings. The purpose of the review was to make recommendations on both how the allocation of research funding … [Read more...] about The Stern Review: 10 things you need to know
I want you to imagine a hostile panel. They are reading your proposal. They are ridiculing your Case for Support, tearing your Data Management Plan to shreds. They are shaking their heads in bewilderment at your Justification of Resources. They are laughing at your CV. I want you to imagine their feedback. How did you go so wrong? What have they picked … [Read more...] about Facing your worst funding proposal fears
This week we're very pleased to share with you Andrew Derrington’s advice: he takes us through the structure of a research grant application and provides useful links to other content to equip you with the right tools for your grant application writing. Most of my business involves helping academics to write better research grant applications. Prospects … [Read more...] about How to draft a research grant application
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!
Dr Tim Rudd leads Livelab, and is also Principal Lecturer in the Education Research Centre at the Univerisity of Brighton. He is researching and publishing work related to education technology, social justice and alternative pedagogies and discourse. We asked Tim lots of questions about collaboration and partnership with third and public sectors, and indeed … [Read more...] about Interview with Dr Tim Rudd of Livelab: tips on collaborating with third and public sector organisations
Piirus' Fiona Colligan will be a delegate at the ARMS 2015 conference, and Piirus is finding out more about research issues in Australasia. We're pleased to feature an interview with Vanessa Lao, Strategic Partnerships Manager at the Griffith Asia Institute, and also member of the Australasian Research Management Society's International Committee. What does … [Read more...] about Introducing Vanessa Lao, Strategic Partnerships Manager at the Griffith Asia Institute, Griffith University, Australia
Last week, in tips 1-6, Piirus member Dr. Alke Gröppel-Wegener shared some things she learned from putting together her first crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter. Here are some things to keep in mind once the campaign goes live, our tips 7-12. 7. The Notifications. Once the campaign is live, I found myself becoming obsessed with checking my email for … [Read more...] about How do you run a crowdfunding campaign? 12 Useful tips! (Part 2)
Dr. Alke Gröppel-Wegener, Senior Lecturer in Contextual Studies and National Teaching Fellow at the Faculty of Arts and Creative Technologies at Staffordshire University shares her experiences of a different route to publication on a project that was recently discussed in the Times Higher. For years I had a wanted to consolidate the teaching strategies I … [Read more...] about How do you run a crowdfunding campaign? 12 useful tips! (Part 1)
Have you ever considered collaborating with the "crowd"? On the Internet, we can all become creators and contributors, and academia can benefit from engaging the public, through crowdsourcing projects. This includes citizen science projects where individuals take part in the research in some way, and crowdfunding where you appeal for funding from private … [Read more...] about Considering crowdsourcing in academia: tips on offer
Following on from our recent survey of ARMA members and our attendance at the ARMA 2015 conference, we're publishing interviews here. This week, we're pleased to feature Lachlan Smith, Research Funding Bid Writer who describes his role, the rewards from it and the importance of relationship building. What does your role as Research Funding Bid Writer … [Read more...] about Rewards of a role writing research funding bids. An interview with Lachlan Smith