Twitter – your first ten follows

Posted by on Mar 21, 2016 in Academic, PhD | No Comments

Today is Twitter’s tenth birthday so it feels timely to write a post that’s been brewing for a while. Increasingly people I meet in researcher development workshops have come around to the idea of using twitter to support their activities as a researcher, so the discussions are less “what’s the point?” and more “where do […]

First Steps in Collaboration

Posted by on Nov 22, 2015 in Academic, Collaboration | No Comments

This is one of two posts written for early career researchers on the theme of collaboration. The first was based on ten questions I’m commonly asked in workshops. This one is a distillation of the good practice that I’ve gathered by working with collaborative people, developing networks and interviewing researchers over the last ten years. […]

Ten questions about collaboration

Posted by on Nov 22, 2015 in Academic, Collaboration | No Comments

Collaboration is one of my favourite topics in academia and I particularly enjoy helping people identify ways to start or develop the collaborative strands of their research. This post is the first of two – this one provides a set of answers to questions that I’m commonly asked in workshops and the second covers my […]

Wish I’d said that

Posted by on Nov 18, 2015 in Academic, Career | No Comments

You know that moment when you walk away from someone at a conference feeling that you’ve made a bit of an arse of yourself and then realise with dazzling clarity what you SHOULD have said? This post is about that. At a workshop today at Glasgow University, we were discussing reputation, profile and generally having […]

Enterprising Women

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Academic, Career, Equality | No Comments

This page supports the Enterprising Women programme which I run at the University of Edinburgh and which was developed by myself and Janet Wilkinson. Here’s where I’ll post useful links and any ideas which connect to the themes that we looked at on the three days. For those of you who haven’t attended the course, […]

A badge of honour?

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Academic, Career, PhD | No Comments

Yesterday I spoke at the “Taking Control of your Career” event for the Institute of Physics (there’s another blog based on the day here). The event was aimed at young female physicists and it’s perhaps inevitable that the topic of imposter syndrome came up. As I listened to the first speaker, Dame Professor Athene Donald […]

Impact, Initiative and Ideas

Posted by on Nov 12, 2015 in Academic | No Comments

I gave a talk yesterday at a great event run by the Institute of Physics with the aim of helping women physicists, particularly PhD students, take control of their careers. A variety of speakers spoke about their careers, the opportunities in their sectors and giving advice (and smashing myths) about doctoral employability. A highlight for […]

Time Management – by academics

Posted by on Dec 5, 2013 in Academic | One Comment

I’ve run a small flurry of time management courses in the last week and used them to gather the collective wisdom of busy academics.   Here are my top ten tips for time management, illsutrated with their specific advice and reflections. 1.Do the most important stuff first Schedule it in and stick to the schedule […]

Resources for new and aspiring principal investigators (PIs)

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Academic, Career | No Comments

This blog post contains the resources and links that I most commonly send on to academics and senior researchers who attend a training day I run on developing successful academic careers. The collection of links might seem a little eclectic as they stem from the discussions we have at these workshops, but I refer people […]

The Power of Positive People

Posted by on Mar 16, 2012 in Academic, Career | No Comments

I’ve spent most of this week where I spend a lot of my time – in UK universities working with research staff and academics. I’ve had lot of conversations about various aspects of academia and careers but two really stand out. One was with an insti…