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...]

Writing about my research interest on expressive writing

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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...]

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...]

Plain speaking and clear understanding: 5 tips for networking face to face

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This guest blogpost is from Dr Christopher John Ferguson, who introduces himself at the end of this post. He offers us some useful tips on plain speaking to facilitate communication, which is rather handy after our recent survey results identified the difficulties of communication when making interdisciplinary connections. There’s a … [Read more...]

Seven steps to DIY professional development

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Among my circle of friends I count two doctors, three nurses, one psychologist, two social workers and five teachers. Over the years I’ve watched with interest as they attend professional development activities that are a requirement for maintaining their professional registration. Workshops, training courses and master classes are just a … [Read more...]

Building an international profile as a researcher: our survey respondents said…


At Piirus, we know that internationalising your research is an important career step for you as an academic: it can make your research more productive and raise the profile of your research, bringing it to new audiences. The UK's Department of Business, Innovation and Skills reported  in 2013 that an increase in research productivity was … [Read more...]

Strengthening research through collaborative partnership

Jane Montague

Piirus member, Jane Montague is the Discipline Lead for Psychology within the Department of Life Sciences at the University of Derby. Her teaching and research interests are based within critical approaches to social psychology, particularly in relation to gender, identity and the use of qualitative methods. Montague currently teaches … [Read more...]

Interview with the British Psychological Society President Jamie Hacker Hughes

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Professor Jamie Hacker Hughes is a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, clinical neuropsychologist, EMDR consultant and PTSD and trauma specialist with special expertise in military and veteran psychological health and is now also the 81st President of the British Psychological Society (2015-2016). He is Visiting Professor of Military … [Read more...]

Building and promoting research partnership: interview with Scott Furtwengler

Scott Furtwengler

Scott Furtwengler is the Director of Institutional Research at Brazosport College in Texas, USA. He is also an affiliate researcher with the Urban Talent Research Institute at the University of Houston, where he earned a PhD in Educational Psychology. He is particularly interested in the role that achievement motivation, including … [Read more...]

Digital identity healthcheck for academics: our video summary

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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 … [Read more...]

Piirus clarifies academic social network sites landscape: each site has a purpose

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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 … [Read more...]

Planet Piirus, 1-31 August 2015. New members and scholarly collaborations sought.

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Did you notice that Piirus tweets regularly? We've gathered a selection of our Twitter highlights from the month of August, showing new institutions and members that have joined Piirus, and the collaborations they are seeking. We published these highlights on Storify and also on Slideshare. You can also take a look at this embedded … [Read more...]