How to ‘Love Your Research’? A #piirusvoices event.

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Valentine’s day is fast approaching and individual researchers may be seeking out new researcher collaborations, or romancing their ideas, or even getting themselves ready for a night in with those grant applications!  Okay, so perhaps not the typical Valentine’s day. As you are already aware, from my fellow correspondent’s blog post … [Read more...]

What can you do to help us to help you? All about what Piirus offers researchers


Piirus is a service for you to make connections with other researchers, as this blogpost from past correspondent Bernie Divall illustrates so well. Piirus is offered by the University of Warwick, and is a part of the same department there as the well-known service. Piirus' aim is to support researchers, and the main Piirus … [Read more...]

Writing about my research interest on expressive writing

Expressive Writing

In such a demanding and precarious society that we live in, it is not surprising to find that many of us are seeking for ways to enhance our mental health and well-being. For instance, in the UK alone, more than 1.25 million people have used the NHS mental health services in 2010, representing access rates of around 2,700 per 100,000 of … [Read more...]

#letscollaborate: We’ll help you find research collaboration partners.


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 for free and use it to identify and connect with researchers who might become new collaboration partners. Now we want to help … [Read more...]

Interprofessional education – considering the research agenda

Guest blogger Scott Reeves is Professor in Interprofessional Research at the Centre for Health & Social Care Research, Kingston & St George’s, University of London, UK. He is also Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Interprofessional Care. Here he talks about the research landscape within interprofessional education. Over the … [Read more...]

Piirus Voices: Research Resolutions!

  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 … [Read more...]

Norway series part II: government policy for the humanities


In the second instalment of her series on cross-disciplinary collaboration in Norway, Kate Maxwell reports on government policy, in particular on an upcoming consultation on the how to shape the future of the humanities. (In her first guest blogpost you can read about a Norwegian experiment in cross-disciplinary collaboration.)  On the … [Read more...]

What does effective collaboration look like?


Chris Craig is a researcher at the NIHR funded CLAHRC East Midlands based in Nottingham, England, and in this blogpost he explores the answer to the question "What does effective collaboration look like?" Our guest blogger has relevant experience: having written a systematic review assessing the EASY-Care Comprehensive Geriatric … [Read more...]

Why collaboration should be your New Year’s Resolution

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This guest blogpost from Piirus member Elaine Campbell, Senior Lecturer at Northumbria Law School, UK, explains why collaboration works for career researchers. If you don't already have a New Year's resolution, then perhaps consider this one! I was an only child, until I was 13 years old. Without any siblings in the house, I got on … [Read more...]

Multidisciplinary research: building a smart, sustainable future or high-technology dead-ends?


Our guest blogger, Paul Benneworth is a Senior Researcher at the Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies (CHEPS), part of the Institute for Innovation and Governance Studies at the University of Twente in the Netherlands. Here, he sheds light on ways that researchers can fruitfully work together.  As an economic geography … [Read more...]

Tweeting about research and researching about Twitter: a story of collaboration

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Megan McPherson and Narelle Lemon are the two continuing brains behind Academics Who Tweet, a research study about academia and social media. In this post, they describe their experience of forming relationships via social media and working collaboratively as research partners who met online. What do you see when you follow academics … [Read more...]

We’re not slacking: just ‘Slack’-ing!

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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 … [Read more...]

The challenges of interdisciplinary research and managing visibility online

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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 … [Read more...]