Top tips from Tara Wittin, PGR Funding Support Officer in the University Graduate School.
If you haven’t been able to secure a prestigious Research Council studentship or a scholarship directly from the University to cover your tuition fees and living costs, don’t give up! These awards are extremely competitive so you shouldn’t be disheartened and there are various other ways to partially fund your studies.
Think outside the box
There are lots of unconventional funding opportunities out there that you might not have thought about.
In Open Access Week, Suzanne Atkins (Library Services) introduces Open Access.
So, you may ask, as a PGR why should you be interested in Open Access (OA)?
Well, there are several reasons why OA is relevant and important to researchers, particularly in the early stages of their academic career. Open access in its most simple sense, where research can be accessed without payment barriers allowing anyone to read or download it, offers huge opportunities for researchers to make themselves and their work more widely known. Continue reading “Why should I be interested in Open Access?”
This week, a guest post from Patricia Herterich, Research Repository Advisor in Library Services, on managing your research data.
There are many aspects to a successful PhD project and challenges to master on your way to graduation. You most certainly are aware that you should acquire e.g. writing and referencing skills, but how much time have you spent thinking about the research data management activities you might need to undertake as part of your research? None yet? Time to get started with our introduction to research data management! Continue reading “Big data, small data, no data”
An introduction to bibliometrics for researchers by Vicky Wallace, Subject Advisor, Library Services
Have you ever heard the term bibliometrics? Bibliometrics can be described as a means of measuring the impact of a given publication by looking at the number of times subsequent authors have cited that publication.
Bibliometrics can be applied at various levels, including:
Author level (e.g. the h-index)
Article level (e.g. altmetrics)
Journal level (e.g. impact factor)
There are philosophical questions about the merits of using a citation as a measure of impact. Ask yourself the question of why you cite papers in your work, is it for positive or negative reasons, are you building on a researchers work, criticising it, or acknowledging their contribution to a field? Also, citation patterns vary across disciplines, with some areas having numerous co-authors and citing prolifically, and other areas citing fewer papers and having more sole authors. Nevertheless, bibliometrics are often used as a quantitative measure to determine the impact of researchers, research groups, departments and institutions, although this is often tempered by using peer review alongside them to bring in a qualitative element. Continue reading “Bibliometrics for researchers”
Jim Bell, Outreach Officer at the University of Birmingham and soon to be in charge of the Midlands base for Explorer Dome (a mobile planetarium company), introduces public engagement.
Regardless of the discipline that you study or your level of experience, there is a responsibility for researchers to ensure that they are engaging public audiences with their research, and today there are more opportunities than ever to get involved.
Public engagement describes the myriad of ways in which the activity and benefits of higher education and research can be shared with the public. Engagement is by definition a two-way process, involving interaction and listening, with the goal of generating mutual benefit.