Posted in Coming up

Coming up: Postdoctoral fellowships and funding

The next live #ECRchat is Thursday 16th October at 20:00-21:00 in the UK (BST), which is 21:00-22:00 in Europe (CEST) and 15:00-16:00 in New York (EDT). This chat will be hosted by Charlotte Mathieson (@cemathieson)

This week’s chat will be on the topic of postdoctoral fellowships and funding schemes. It’s approaching the time of year when many will be getting postdoc applications underway – often in the knowledge that such schemes are fiercely competitive. In this chat we can discuss the various schemes available, what happens in the application process and how to strengthen your application, dealing with the high rejection rate and building on feedback, and any other  issues you’d like to raise or questions you may have.

Host biography

Charlotte Mathieson (@cemathieson) is a Research Fellow at the University of Warwick’s Institute of Advanced Study. She researches and teaches Victorian literature and culture, having completed her PhD in Warwick’s Department of English and Comparative Literary Studies in 2011. In her position at the IAS she is responsible for projects supporting early career researchers in their career development, as well as public engagement activities. Charlotte blogs about her research on her website, and more about her work at the IAS can be found here.

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Recap: #ECRchat 20th March 2014 on Balancing workload

This week’s chat was hosted by Charlotte Mathieson (@cemathieson) and looked at issues around balancing the multiple demands of teaching, research and admin. We had a range of job types represented, from those on single contracts, those balancing multiple contracts, and independent researchers working across academic and non-academic work. We talked about:

  • institutional/ international differences in workloads;
  • the challenges of working across multiple contracts;
  • prioritising workload, especially writing/research over admin, & saying “no”;
  • managing email
  • staying organised
  • procrastination
  • writing tips – pomodoro technique, scheduling writing, writing vs editing
  • apps and digital tools

You can read the chat in full via this storify; thanks to everyone who took part for making it such an interesting and productive discussion.

The next chat is on Thursday 3rd April, UK/US timezones, and will be hosted by Beth (@phdgeek) on Issues for ECRs in Minority Groups.

Posted in Coming up

Coming up: #ECRchat on ‘Balancing workload’, 20 March 2014

The next live chat is Thursday 20th March at 10:00-11:00 in the UK (GMT), 11:00-12:00 in Europe (CET), 06:00-07:00 New York (EST), and 21:00-22.00 in Australia (AEDT – Sydney). This chat will be hosted by Dr Charlotte Mathieson (@cemathieson), Research Fellow at the University of Warwick.

This session will be on “balancing workload”; we’ll be looking at juggling the multiple demands of teaching, research and admin as an ECR – whether it’s across multiple jobs, or within a single job – and how you manage to keep afloat of competing priorities.

We look forward to chatting with you!

Posted in Collegiality, Professional development and Identity, Recap

Recap: #ECRchat on Interdisciplinary Research, 14th Feb 2013

This week’s #ECRchat was hosted by Charlotte Mathieson, a research fellow at the University of Warwick’s Institute of Advanced Study. Charlotte is on Twitter @cemathieson and blogs about her research into nineteenth-century literature here.

The topic of this week’s chat was interdisciplinary research, addressing the challenges faced by early career researchers undertaking interdisciplinary research either as individuals or as part of a research team. We had a small but diverse group of ECRs for this chat, and the discussion picked out some interesting common challenges – we also had lots of sub-threads of conversation emerge, and I have tried to reflect this in the Storify of the chat.

The main issue that the chat drew out were the difficulties of publishing interdisciplinary research – appropriately enough, as it was in fact a tweet about my own difficulties in finding a suitable outlet for some interdisciplinary research that first prompted the idea of holding an ECRchat on this very topic. The discussion usefully highlighted that it isn’t just a matter of where to publish, but also the issue of finding a common language that works across disciplines. We talked about various ways of dealing with this, most important being to start with the audience in mind and write the research accordingly, rather than trying to tweak existing writing to fit. Other ways of overcoming language and terminology difficulties included collaboration with colleagues in other fields, via conferences, social media, and so on.

I also asked everyone what they saw to be the main advantage of interdisciplinary research: getting fresh perspectives, learning from different areas of expertise, and expanding research possibilities all came up. Hazel also raised the important issue that current global problems demand interdisciplinary responses – something that chimes well with some of the interdisciplinary initiatives  going on here at Warwick.

We didn’t address everything, and some out-standing issues at the end of the chat included: job applications – how far is too far outside your field?; working within vs across institutions; and methodology challenges.

Finally, I collected a few of the resources mentioned in the chat:

I found this chat raised some interesting issues and hope that others did too!

The next chat is on 28th February and there are plenty of spaces for hosts in the coming weeks, so get in touch with Katie or Hazel if you’d like to host your own chat. Having now hosted 2 chats, I can say it really is very easy and not too time consuming to host – all you need is a few questions and the chatters do the rest! It’s also been an enjoyable way to further expand my twitter networks in new directions, and meet even more interesting ECR folk across the globe.

Thanks to Katie and Hazel for having me host again!

Posted in Engagement, Recap

Recap: #ECRchat on Blogging your Research

This week’s chat was on the theme of “blogging your research” and was hosted by Charlotte Mathieson, a Research Fellow at the University of Warwick.

Following on from the theme of the previous #ECRchat on Academics and Social Media, this week we talked more specifically about blogging your research. We had a good variety of ECR bloggers, writing both independent and collaborative, research and skills-based blogs. The chat explored how to blog about your research effectively, covering issues around the potential dangers of making too much information freely available as well as the advantages of engaging a wider audience, generating potential for research collaboration, and stimulating better academic writing. We also looked at the practicalities of blogging, such as finding the time and how to publicise your blog.

Blogging has generated a lot of discussion recently and in addition to some of the articles quoted in the recap of the previous chat, some noteworthy pieces include the Guardian Higher Education Network’s Live Chat on Academic Blogging: the power and the pitfalls, Rohan Maitzen’s article “Scholarship 2.0: Blogging and/as Academic Practice“, and a podcast from Oxford University on “Would you blog the truth?”

It was great to see such a lively and productive discussion about blogging, and to find out about so many more excellent academic blogs! Tweets with links to blogs are included at the start of the Storify.

Catch up with the chat via this Storify or read a full archive of the tweets: #ECRchat_tweets_2012_10_25

The next #ECRchat is on Thursday 8th November – UK participants note that the chat will now be at 10.00-11.00; Europe chat time is 11.00-12.00 (CEST) and Australia at 21.00-22.00.