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 correspondent Sarah Wayland describes her experience of her postdoc position, reflecting on how it has involved some new approaches to her own research interests. Three days a week I travel from my house in suburban Sydney Australia to the inner city hum of the University of Technology Sydney. Each way on the train takes an hour: initially I used to … [Read more...] about Making research space & building a career: the postdoc stage
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
As Twitter’s Academic Writing Month (#AcWriMo) has only just finished, your motivation for writing might already be exhausted. But don't give up now! Our correspondent Sarah Wayland writes about journal papers that remain unpublished, due to being unsubmitted or rejected. What does it take for such homeless journal papers to be published? In the midst of … [Read more...] about Revisiting and reviving “homeless” journal papers
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
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
To accompany the launch of our Piirus Match service for those seeking academic consultants, and Piirus Associate status for piirus.ac.uk members seeking opportunities in academic consultancy, we've created new resources on this theme. Our aim is to help researchers to understand more about academic consultancy. Our guide to preparing for academic consultancy … [Read more...] about Infographic on academic consultancy activities and opportunities
Many people (especially researchers in the UK) will be familiar with the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF). If you aren’t, it’s a tool that helps researchers understand the competencies required to improve their development as a researcher. It’s not new, but if you haven’t discovered it before it’s a useful yardstick by which to gauge your … [Read more...] about Can collaboration speed-up researcher development?
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
Can a microbiologist perform groundbreaking research with a political scientist? Or an electronics engineer with an architect? As it seeks to find ways to move towards a zero-emissions society, the Research Council of Norway (Forskningsrådet) decided to host its first ‘idélab’, and find collaborative, holistic solutions to climate-change problems. Climate … [Read more...] about A Norwegian experiment in cross-disciplinary collaboration
If you have a blog or you tweet, or perhaps your research team has a social media or web presence, then you may find yourself looking at that site's metrics, trying to make sense of the graphs, figures and numbers presented to you. In this blog post, I offer some simple tips for busy researchers. To keep it all simple, you need to choose which metrics … [Read more...] about How do you measure your social media success? Let’s keep it simple.
A recently released RCUK funded report on public engagement with research, based on a project designed to create the conditions where public engagement with research could flourish identifies challenges and solutions, and the keywords "open" and "digital" are clearly significant. Building on last week's list of general hashtags for academia, here are some … [Read more...] about Open and digital academics: Twitter hashtags to watch or use
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?
The image of the tweed-clad classicist sitting, isolated in their personal library, surrounded by Greek and Latin texts and writing by hand, or perhaps on a typewriter, could not today be further from the truth. Digital classics is a booming part of the discipline, encompassing a range of international projects such as the Open University’s Research Cluster … [Read more...] about What’s videography got to do with it? Classicist and guest vlogger Emma Cole shares her advice on academic videos
Academic conferences in Arts and Humanities come, as it were, in all colors, shapes, and sizes, from small meetings by invitation to grand international affairs. This post takes a look at some of those types, and I give some examples of conferences that I rate highly. The large conference, also known as a congress. Conferences in my field may be … [Read more...] about All kinds of conferences: A Brief Typology from our Arts & Humanities Correspondent