Everyone tells researchers that they need to get their research “out there”. They should be promoting themselves and engaging with the public via YouTube, twitter, blogs and the like. Some researchers can crack on with this and take to it like a duck to water, especially the written format. But videos…well for some that’s an entirely different matter. In an age where it can seem like every 10 year old is a YouTuber, what do you do if you’re not confident on screen or if you haven’t got the first idea of what makes a good video? Read the rest of this entry »
On Thursday 3rd November we successfully ran our first full-day event of workshops specifically designed for postgraduate research students to recognise and refine their knowledge of leadership skills. Under the title “Leadership Development Workshops”, sponsored by Science Think Ahead, PGR students across all faculties attended four sessions from 9:30am – 4pm in the Arts Tower computer room, with speakers from a wide range of disciplines and services within the University.
The first session of the day was given by Phil Wallace from the University’s Leadership Development team. He discussed with the participants what it means to be a successful leader in today’s world, the role of the leader within the community, and the concept of living leadership. Researchers were also given the chance to reflect on that using their own experiences and achievements. Read the rest of this entry »
We live in changing times, it cannot be denied or avoided. At work, in the world, things are happening, many of them things beyond our control.
Friday was Armistice Day. I am a poppy wearer and the 11th November is significant to me every year. I know there are differing opinions about these traditions, so I found myself pondering the complexity of personal values and the tensions that can exist when we find ourselves encouraged to contribute to a collective reality that just isn’t our cup of tea. Read the rest of this entry »