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
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
Irrespective of which hemisphere you currently live in, the conversation about academic leave this holiday season can bring up some uncomfortable truths for those studying or working. Social Media correspondent Sarah Wayland explores the conundrum of ‘to stop or not to stop’ when those around you take leave… A few weeks ago, I began as a Post-Doc Research … [Read more...] about Rethinking leave – to stop or not to stop this holiday season
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
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
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
We're delighted to bring you this guest blogpost by Jack Gann, whose reflections from his own discipline raise similar issues relating to collaboration as an earlier blogpost from the health care sector, on interprofessional education: readers from across the disciplines will notice common themes. Jack's advice also complements our post about visiting … [Read more...] about Using museum collections for academic research
Our guest blogger, Paul Benneworth is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), part of the Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Here, he sheds light on ways that researchers can fruitfully work together. As an economic geography researcher at a technical … [Read more...] about Multidisciplinary research: building a smart, sustainable future or high-technology dead-ends?
Jean Branan and Madeline McCurry-Schmidt are the authors of this blogpost, which turns the spotlight on communication skills for scientists and introduces a wealth of useful resources. This is particularly timely, after our Piirus recent survey results identified the difficulties of communication when making interdisciplinary connections. In the Career … [Read more...] about Let’s talk science: tips for sharing your research with colleagues and the public
Piirus member, Jane Montague is the Discipline Lead for Psychology within the Department of Life Sciences at the University of Derby. Her teaching and research interests are based within critical approaches to social psychology, particularly in relation to gender, identity and the use of qualitative methods. Montague currently teaches both undergraduate and … [Read more...] about Strengthening research through collaborative partnership
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
Jonathan Moss leads Coffey’s Governance Security and Justice team based in London. Here, he tells us about his work creating collaborative partnerships, and there are many aspects that researchers will recognise, from a focus on impact to international collaborations. Over half of Coffey’s global business is focused on international development funded by … [Read more...] about In focus: creating collaborative partnerships for international development
From the editor: many thanks to Abigail Mottershaw for writing about these highlights from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) First Year Student Conference, 2015 This year I started my PhD in behavioural genetics at the University of Warwick using the Twins Early Development Study (TEDS) data. My research explores the nature and nurture of … [Read more...] about Guest post: Abigail Mottershaw shares lessons on impact & online presence for academics
Earlier this week, on 17th December 2014, the UK's higher education community awaited the publication of results from the "Research Excellence Framework" (REF). Universities' core funding is expected to depend on the REF, which assessed their research in the period 2008-2013. REF uses a star-based system, with the highest category, 4* meaning world-leading … [Read more...] about A round-up of the UK’s REF2014 on social media. How do you measure 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.