A few weeks ago, I was told that I had a good example of an academic portfolio career. I love labels – they make wonky things sound so much prettier. So I obviously googled ‘portfolio career’ to see what I was doing. Having a portfolio career is where you don’t have one full-time job at one location – you have two or more (often more) … [Read more...] about How do you make a portfolio career work for you?
As a team, we're rather international: Jenny is based in Germany and Kathy splits her time between Nuaru and Australia. Even our UK based colleagues are across the whole length of the nation, from Fiona and Chris in Scotland, via Emma in England's North East, Heather and University of Warwick colleagues in the midlands, to Andrew in Cornwall. We're … [Read more...] about Collaborating on an international scale: our tips
On the 12th of February, as part of the #Piirusvoices campaign, piirus.ac.uk hosted a Twitter chat centering around the theme of loving your research. The event, jointly chaired by piirus.ac.uk correspondents Arun Verma and myself was essentially run as a large group discussion that academics were free to drop into and out of as they pleased. There … [Read more...] about Twitter for academics – my first ever Twitter chat
Last week we reported on some of our recent survey's findings on internationalising your research, and this week I'd like to share what you told us about the challenges of interdisciplinary research, and of managing your online profiles in our survey from September 2015. 79% of respondents said that they have a presence on an academic networking site. If … [Read more...] about The challenges of interdisciplinary research and managing visibility online
I've been taking part in the How to Survive your PhD MOOC which is now in its final stages: We are now all peer marking each others' assignments. The course is full of great learning materials for students and supervisors, and people like myself who support researchers, and I've learnt a lot. During this MOOC, I was tasked to create instructions for … [Read more...] about How to write instructions for others in 9 steps
There are many benefits of having an online profile as an academic, as it can really help to improve the visibility of you and your research. Our short video can help guide you through the do's and don'ts of enhancing your online presence and serve as a digital identity healthcheck: This video accompanies our Digital Health Check guide, of course. … [Read more...] about Digital identity healthcheck for academics: our video summary
A recent article by the Times Higher, which has been getting plenty of attention on Twitter, deals with the contentious issue of where, how and if you should be visible online as an academic. The article claims that there are too many social networking sites for academics, stating: To some, everyday life feels like a never-ending battle to keep abreast of … [Read more...] about Piirus clarifies academic social network sites landscape: each site has a purpose
What's a MOOC? - A "Massive Open Online Course", and I'm taking part in one called "How to Survive Your PhD" from the Thesis Whisperer: it's free and registration is open, so get in quickly! THE BASICS This looks like a really interesting course for anyone who supports researchers in their work. I don't have much time (this is advertised as a light … [Read more...] about Taking part in a MOOC “How to Survive Your PhD” : Getting started.
At Piirus we're trying out a collaborative working tool, namely the free version of Slack. We're using it for one of our many projects, as a communication tool. It is a way for us to keep people in Berlin (Germany), Warwick, Newcastle (England) and deepest Scotland in touch with the each other, as we progress on our project. Here are some of my thoughts at … [Read more...] about A collaborative working tool called Slack: thoughts on using it
Are you on Pinterest? We've found lots of interesting infographics there: take a look at our growing Pinterest collection, on our Pinterest profile: Pinterest profile. We're building Piirus' online profile* in a number of social media places, so that you have more chance of finding us, so that you can interact with us on a channel that you already … [Read more...] about Piirus is on Pinterest! And a few other places too…
Did you know that you can receive insights from Piirus straight to your inbox? Enter your name and e-mail address onto our form on this page, and subscribe to our blog. When you do, you'll not only receive a handy weekly e-mail highlighting our blogposts, so you don't miss any of our great content, but you'll also get a helpful case study of co-authorship … [Read more...] about Get digests of this blog, by e-mail – and a little extra thank you, from Piirus!
We've found that you can get a much richer experience of Twitter and can even save time if you investigate the tools designed to enhance your experience of Twitter. Tools for using Twitter such as Hootsuite, Tweetdeck, and Buffer, as well as those named below, can all help you to be more efficient in social media. To help you to find the right tool for you, … [Read more...] about Tools for using Twitter: 5 things they might help with
Lately, I’ve been exploring a number of platforms through which I can publicise the work I do and make new research connections. I've found that Piirus has lots to offer to researchers like me. Back in the mists of time, I was an ambassador (fancy!) for the Wolfson Research Exchange at the University of Warwick, and I spent many a happy networking event … [Read more...] about What’s to like about Piirus? A world of research connections!
If you’ve already joined Piirus, congratulations! You’re on the way to building your research network, making connections and finding potential collaborators for a project, whether you are looking locally or globally. But how to make the most of your Piirus profile so that you are more visible to fellow researchers and potential collaborators on Piirus? One … [Read more...] about How to make the most of your Piirus profile – adding links
Piirus is both pleased and privileged to be hosting this week's Early Career Researcher (ECR) chat event, on Twitter. (See below for an explanation of what ECR chat on Twitter actually is!) The chat takes place on Thursday 23 April at: London 8pm BST, Amsterdam 9pm CEST, New York 3pm EDT, Vancouver 12pm PDT, Auckland Fri 7am NZST, Sydney Fri … [Read more...] about Piirus hosts ECR chat this week, on Twitter