Recently I've been following the narrative about working hours in academia. What we talked about on the piirus.ac.uk blog, and what you told us in the poll. What the brilliant Raul Pacheco-Vega says about over-work and how to work productively instead. How a real discussion is opening up about the realities of academic life, where long hours are necessary … [Read more...] about How I found out, how NOT to be an academic
We're interested in research communication, across disciplines but also when researchers communicate with others such as policy makers and practitioners. Our correspondent Andrew Clappison introduces his mini series that will explore what research communication means. Recently, piirus.ac.uk ran a twitter poll that asked “Should researchers be responsible … [Read more...] about Research communication – are we getting it right when targeting policy and practice?
As we begin 2017, perhaps some of you will have taken a seasonal break from your work. Or perhaps you worked right through: it can be hard to take time out from research and academic life. Some of you might be making New Year's resolutions and perhaps one of them might be to think of your work-life balance. With this in mind, our blog is taking a look at … [Read more...] about Saying No: Why it’s important to be brave
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
We try to be an inclusive bunch at piirus.ac.uk, recognising that researchers come in all shapes and sizes, not to mention countries and disciplines. The variety of the research community is what makes it so wonderful, and is one of the reasons why collaboration can create such unique opportunities for us all. But what about those who don't always feel … [Read more...] about Am I a PhD ECR? What is an Early Career Researcher?
Last time, we looked at how to manage initial contact with your new client. In this post, Andrew Clappison expands on this to offer advice on what to expect after those initial discussions, and how to handle three possible scenarios: If your client is in a rush, then an initial talk might be all it takes to kick-start the project. However, it pays to … [Read more...] about Tips and tricks for managing new clients as an academic consultant (Part 2 of 2)
Managing clients is a key component of successful academic consultancy. In the first of two posts this week, our very own experienced consultant Andrew Clappison sets out a number of pointers to help you avoid common pitfalls on managing new client relationships. Avoiding such pitfalls will save you time and face, and ensure the relationships you are forming … [Read more...] about Tips and tricks for managing new clients as an academic consultant (Part 1 of 2)
What we found out about differences and impacts based on discipline, gender and career stage. If you missed our big Twitter reveal to the poll question: 'Of those who returned to work part-time after a career break, what percentage were women?', the answer was 75%. So of our respondents who work part-time, three quarters are women, and with part-time … [Read more...] about A preview of the career break landscape
In this guest blogpost we hear about some ways you can evidence research independence, and Sophia Donaldson explains how collaboration fits into that picture. The academic career ladder is a tough one to climb. It’s a given that pretty much all PhD graduates are smart and hard working, so these qualities alone aren’t enough to guarantee a successful … [Read more...] about The path to research independence : four tips
We are already in full swing into the New Year and so some of you may already be doing your upmost to keep up those New Year’s resolutions for this year, whether that be dieting or developing a new research collaboration for this year! Resolutions are a great way to think about what you want to achieve. Setting them is a great way of channelling … [Read more...] about Piirus Voices: Research Resolutions!
Earlier in 2015, my Piirus colleague Jenny Delasalle wrote an introductory piece about some great collaborative software called Slack. Slack, as you may be aware, is a great answer to facilitating communication and working in teams. (Meanwhile, “slacking” is the opposite of working!) In her earlier post, Jenny touched upon some of her favourite features, … [Read more...] about We’re not slacking: just ‘Slack’-ing!
Recently, I launched #Piirusvoices on Twitter, researchers from across the globe interacted and shared their best and worse research moments in their career, along with some great hints and tips to research success. It was a great discussion and collation of ideas from a range of individuals involved in different forms of research. Among our chat, … [Read more...] about Top 5 tweets from #Piirusvoices
Piirus member Ryan Anderson has completed Bachelor degrees in Science, and Psychology (honours). He is currently completing his PhD candidature in Psychology, and recently began a blog exploring the science behind love, sex and attraction. He also writes for PsychologyToday (The Mating Game). Here, we learn about a significant moment in his research … [Read more...] about Why I have chosen to pursue evolutionary psychology
Piirus Pioneers are researchers from around the world who are working with us to spread the word about Piirus. Here's what some of them are saying about research collaboration and Piirus. Shane McLeod University of Stirling, UK “I decided to become a Piirus Pioneer as it seems like a worthwhile tool to increase the possibility of collaboration, both … [Read more...] about Piirus member stories – how Piirus helps multidisciplinary research
Who are the Piirus Pioneers? 37 Pioneers, from 19 different countries, across 5 continents - the essence of Piirus – demonstrating how we create connections and cross boundaries. The Pioneers are all current researchers using Piirus who are helping us to spread the word about Piirus among their colleagues and grow Piirus in their institution. Here's where … [Read more...] about Piirus member stories – a global research community