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About ruipiresmartins

I'm a researcher developer for postdocs and research staff at Queen Mary University of London. Prior to that, I was an EMBO Fellow at the Gurdon Institute (University of Cambridge), studying Embryonic development and a PDRA in the Institute of Bioengineering (QMUL) studying nuclear and chromatin architecture in embryonic stem cells.

Reflections from the National Postdoc Meeting: Postdocs, Policy and the Future.

This week, I attended some of the National Postdoc Meeting, organised by the Postdocs of Cambridge (PdOC) Society – an analogous group to our QMUL Research Staff Association.  The aim of this inaugural national meeting of postdocs involved feeding into the 10-year review that is underway of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers. Continue reading

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reblog: Dr Karen Kelsky told us how to get tenure in the US

To those who were able to attend, Dr Karen Kelsky spoke about Hacking the US (tenured) Academic Job Market at UCL on 15 May. UCL Careers Consultant Sophia Donaldson summed up the Kelsky’s points on her blog post: Dr Karen Kelsky … Continue reading

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Survey of Academic Staff at QMUL

Following up from my post last month about CROS, this month I’d like to state the case for the analogous survey for Academic Staff at QMUL. The Principal Investigator and Research Leaders Survey (PIRLS) gathers views and experiences from academic … Continue reading

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Researchers: Survey Time is Coming Soon!

Biennially, QMUL and the rest of the UK HE sector reach out to our respective researcher communities to collect vital information and feedback on the UK researcher experience.  This takes the form of three surveys, each aimed at a different … Continue reading

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The Case for Offline Postdoctoral Mentoring

Most attempts to define the concept of mentoring come to a broad consensus that involves the transfer of “knowledge, social capital, psycho-social support […] between a person who is perceived to have greater relevant knowledge, wisdom, or experience (the mentor) … Continue reading

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The Research Excellence Framework: What’s it all about?

Our next Academic Progressions Webinar: The Research Excellence Framework: What’s it all about? Taking place Monday 21 November 2016 – 13:00-14:00 This webinar will cover the basics of how the REF assessment works, the potential benefits and costs at an … Continue reading

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The Transformative Potential of Research

I speak with a lot of a researchers who resent the Impact agenda. One popular opinion posits that the exercises we use to predict or evaluate impact distract them from the work itself. I think this is in part due … Continue reading

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Vitae Resources

Vitae is a UK organisation that is very active in the higher education sector. They offer support and resources for academic researchers, as they develop from PhD students, through postdoctoral stages, and beyond the academy. Their website has a wealth … Continue reading

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The REF: Sternly reviewed

As a postdoc at QMUL in the time leading up to last Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise, I picked up on a certain unease amongst academics, one that I didn’t notice in the run up to its predecessor, the Research … Continue reading

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UK Research Funding and Culture, post Brexit

I think it’s fair to say that the June 23 Referendum result took the academic community by surprise. Arguably, even many outside the academy were surprised by it and even remorseful of this result.  This included former Prime Minister David Cameron who weeks … Continue reading

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