How we carry out and communicate research is changing beyond recognition.
Much of this change is driven by the web through social media, blogging, podcasting, video and other visual abstracts. The research world is also changing from the impact of Covid-19 to political change and Fake News. The focus, whether that be the media, stakeholders or the general public on academic outputs has never been greater. All of this has an incredible impact on research, whether you work in the arts and humanities or within pure science.
Thankfully there is a range of tools and technologies available to undertake, communicate and evaluate research and create attention and potential pathways to impact. The growing number of communication platforms can be very overwhelming for academics and professional support staff. Not everyone has time to learn how to use them properly, never mind understand their opportunities and threats.
I can very much help with that.
The Digital Academic
We often hear that students are not prepared for this new digital world, but what about academics and those who support them? On the surface tools like Twitter might seem simple, but it depends on your audience and how you use it. Academics and students can fall foul of social media and traditional media when problems could be avoided with guidance and support. Ultimately communicating your research should be an opportunity, not a threat or barrier. Not every tool works for everyone, there is no ‘one size fits all’ and my workshops are tailored to the needs of the participants and their ability.
This is where I can help
Who can benefit from my training
Academics and departments who want to discover how best to disseminate and evaluate their findings across multiple platforms and networks and increase the impact of their research, as well as support their REF and impact statements.
Library, information and other research support professionals who support academics in scholarly communications and research evaluation.
PhD candidates and Masters level students to communicate their research findings and gain early attention for their work.
I have several years of experience supporting and training academics, students, research support staff, library and information professionals. I have hands on practical skills in social media, research blogging, infographics, podcasts, video, animation creation and altmetrics among other areas.
I can help you communicate your research and work better with the media and have a Honours Degree in Journalism and worked as a sub editor for The Press Association before undertaking a Masters degree in Information Management. These qualifications and well over a decade of innovation within academia have afforded me a wealth of expertise in the area of digital academia.
You can read more about me and my work here.