Our regular correspondent has a fascinating and inspiring interview story to share: read on for an example of life after PhD. You might not be inspired by academia, but can you get career satisfaction elsewhere? Last October, I wrote the blogpost ‘A PhD is a rosette, not a career path’ as part of our fabulous alternative career path series. I stressed … [Read more...] about Life after PhD: a satisfying career outside of academia?
Our in-depth interview with full time consultant and entrepreneur, Rob Johnson continues. Last week we focused on the early days of creating a consultancy company. This week, we learn more about the ingredients for success in this sector. - You often work with other freelancers and indeed with academic consultants. Can you describe the ideal … [Read more...] about Consultancy reflections: An interview with Rob Johnson, founder of Research Consulting, Part 2
We’re very pleased to be able to feature an interview with full time consultant and entrepreneur, Rob Johnson. His interview is so full of useful reflections for anyone considering working as an academic consultant that I’ve split it into two parts. This week, the focus is on starting out. - You were once an employee at a University but have now set … [Read more...] about Creating a company: An interview with Rob Johnson, founder of Research Consulting, Part 1
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
Finding information on academic career breaks is tough, given there is scant information on the real and perceived impacts of taking a break. The exception is perhaps maternity leave which is relatively well recorded. But career breaks come in all shapes and sizes, including for reasons of ill health. Here Patrizia Rossi tells us about her interview with … [Read more...] about The Comeback Kid: Returning to research after a career break
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
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
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
Phil Baty is the editor at large of Times Higher Education magazine and editor of the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Phil has been with the magazine since 1996, as reporter, chief reporter, news editor and deputy editor. He received the Ted Wragg Award for Sustained Contribution to Education Journalism in 2011, part of the Education … [Read more...] about University rankings and research collaboration: interview with Phil Baty
Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, clinical neuropsychologist, EMDR consultant and PTSD and trauma specialist with special expertise in military and veteran psychological health and is now also the 81st President of the British Psychological Society (2015-2016). He is Visiting Professor of Military Psychology at Anglia … [Read more...] about Interview with the British Psychological Society President Jamie Hacker Hughes
Scott Furtwengler is the Director of Institutional Research at Brazosport College in Texas, USA. He is also an affiliate researcher with the Urban Talent Research Institute at the University of Houston, where he earned a PhD in Educational Psychology. He is particularly interested in the role that achievement motivation, including beliefs, goal orientation, … [Read more...] about Building and promoting research partnership: interview with Scott Furtwengler
In our latest follow-up to our survey of ARMA members we're pleased to talk to Dr. Carlos García Aparicio who describes his varied role which centres around sourcing partners for research, and promoting the research work of his institute. What does your role as research manager at the Institute of Polymer Science and Technology (ICTP) involve? I'm … [Read more...] about Building research partnerships & promoting research: An Interview with Dr. Carlos García Aparicio
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
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.
Charlotte Mathieson is a Research Fellow with the IAS at the University of Warwick. Her specialism is 19th Century Literature. Interview by Thomasin Bailey, PhD student in English and Comparative Literature. Why is collaboration important? For me, collaboration is important for a few key reasons and the main one is interdisciplinarity. … [Read more...] about Impact, inspiration and interdisciplinarity: interview with Charlotte Mathieson