Let’s talk about mental health in academia. I know we sometimes don’t like to talk about it much. We’d rather talk about anything else than talk about mental health - but we need to talk. Recently, a study by Lavecque and colleagues showed that: One in two PhD students experiences psychological distress; one in three is at risk of a common psychiatric … [Read more...] about Mental Health in Academia: Lets talk about it.
Who do you need? It is not always easy to get by in the academic world, especially when you are just starting out. I’m not one to normally question Simon and Garfunkel but, in truth, no one can be an island for the long-term. At some point, all of us need somebody, if not to love, then to work with – which I’m sure is also badly paraphrasing another classic … [Read more...] about Finding Your People: Mentors, Collaborators, and Guardian Angels
We’re delighted to feature this interview with one of our members, who took part in our Let’s Collaborate campaign on Twitter this year. Read about her research work and her collaboration interests. Who are you and what is the work you do? I am a Research Fellow at the University of Sydney Medical School in Australia. I have a PhD in Forensic … [Read more...] about Let’s Collaborate: Introducing piirus.ac.uk member Lauren Monds
A few Sundays ago, I spent the afternoon with a colleague making felt animals to match the story ‘Dear Zoo’. All of this was done on a steep learning curve – I am deeply uncrafty with a knowledge of children’s literature bound to feminist deconstructions of fairytales and ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’. But my friend needed help – she needed felt characters … [Read more...] about On small goodnesses
In part 1 of our ten steps to get started on Twitter as an academic you set up your Twitter account with a picture and biography, and sent your first tweet. What’s next? In part 2 we cover steps six to ten... 6. Create empathy and interest in your tweets In my experience, nothing beats a cat photo to create interest in a tweet. In the absence of … [Read more...] about Ten steps to get started on Twitter as an academic: part 2
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.
Our latest blogpost from Emmanuel Mogaji explains and illustrates how sometimes we can get things wrong in the way that we approach possible research collaborators. He also provides some ideas for how we can get our collaboration approaches right! Collaboration seems like a buzz word in academia. It is considered important in building your research … [Read more...] about Why would I not collaborate with you? Getting the approach right.
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
As our correspondent Ryan Anderson reported last week, piirus.ac.uk hosted a Twitter chat recently. Ryan co-hosted the event with Arun Verma, who introduced the event on this blog and chose his top 5 tweets to share in a Storify, before he left our social media team to concentrate on writing up his thesis. [<a … [Read more...] about How do you love your research? Top 5 tweets from our February #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.
Our guest blogger, Amanda Ullman is a paediatric nurse, ICU nurse and researcher, as well as a mum and PhD student. In this post she shares tips for integrating work and life together. Like many other stories we were told as children, it turns out the grown-ups were lying: there is no such thing as work-life balance. Technology has changed the nature of … [Read more...] about The Loch Ness monster, the tooth fairy and work-life balance: Myths we need to get over!
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
I’ll say it at the outset: I LOVE conferences! This might be because I’m inherently nosy, so I’m always fascinated to learn about what other researchers in my field have been up to. Equally, it might be because I do love a day (or several days) out of the office, and I get to visit new cities – or even new countries – in the process. Or it might be … [Read more...] about Conferences at their best! Tips from our Social Sciences Correspondent