Why have I chosen to focus on home schooling?


Piirus member and guest blogger  Antoinette Schembri tells us about how she discovered the focus of her research. In academia, the choice of a subject results either from a long term interest or else emerges by  accident in the course of one’s studies. In my case, my interest in home schooling started by coincidence. I never thought … [Read more...]

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...]

Depth versus breadth in research


This guest blogpost from Kaitlyn Bunker discusses and illustrates a familiar theme for researchers. There is often a conflict for researchers between depth (becoming an expert in a very specific area) and breadth (learning much about a range of related topics). In my experiences both as a student and now as a professional, I have found … [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 Piirus.com 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...]

Library interactions: An interview with Miggie Pickton

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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 … [Read more...]

Harnessing the power of research for teachers and teacher educators

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack visits listens to  Dr. Lois Wright Morton, professor, Department of Sociology, Iowa State University, about recent surveys on producers’ opinions of climate change and its impact on agriculture at the U.S. Department of Agricultue (USDA), National Centers for Animal Health in Ames, IA, on Friday, June 6, 2014. USDA photo by Darin Leach.

In this guest blogpost Kate Reynolds explains how researchers in education could maximise the impact of their research and introduces a tool to enable teachers and teacher educators to find and access the best of academic research to support their professional practice.  There’s a lot of talk about the need to make research impactful, … [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...]

Mugs, tweets and blogs


It's been two months now, since I came across that Unitemps job post and decided to take the opportunity to join the Piirus team as one of the correspondents (along with Arun Verma and Siobhan O'Dwyer). And so far, I'm enjoying being part of a creative team! My role mainly involves tweeting for Piirus, work that I immensely enjoy because … [Read more...]

Let’s talk science: tips for sharing your research with colleagues and the public


Jean Branan and Madeline McCurry-Schmidt are the authors of this blogpost, which turns the spotlight on communication skills for scientists and introduces a wealth of useful resources. This is particularly timely, after our Piirus recent survey results identified the difficulties of communication when making interdisciplinary … [Read more...]