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?
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
Often, as a researcher you speak a completely different language to the majority of people! If you only had to communicate with your peers then this would not be a problem but modern researchers need to reach a range of different audiences, from the layperson to experts in other disciplines. Your research expertise can act as both a barrier and a vehicle to … [Read more...] about Cracking the code for effective research communication
Having completed my PhD at the end of last year, I've since been writing papers from it. My work crossed disciplines of social and health sciences, and this has meant some serious consideration of where might be the best places to publish findings. As I'm now based back in my home territory of midwifery, I've generally considered this area best in terms of … [Read more...] about Publish or perish: where’s best to communicate research?
Having completed my PhD using a writing style that took – quite literally – YEARS to get to grips with, I’ve moved onto the thorny issue of writing for journal publication. In an 80,000 word thesis, it was entirely possible to combine my personal and academic voices*, but it seems much more difficult when the word count is limited to journal … [Read more...] about Writing styles: a thorny issue
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?
In last week’s blog we discussed undertaking collaborative projects, however what should you do once you have all the wonderful data, have analysed it together and drawn exciting conclusions? Our Science Correspondent Ian Hancox explores this theme. Below are a few tips on how to publish and present collaborative research, but we would also love to hear … [Read more...] about Tips for presenting and publishing collaborative research, from a scientist