Michael B. Duignan – the Olympic Researcher

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June 2013

‘Be a Digital Scholar’ 2013-2014 Series: Visualising and Connecting your Research – Conference Workshop (June, 2013)

Whether PhD, post-doc or established researcher, we all want to tell the world about what we are doing. If not, we fail to get external recognition, validity and critique on and for our work. Traditional, often dyadic forms of communication (i.e. academic journals and conferences) are the major routes for dissemination; however technology is simply changing the way we ‘get our research out there’ and develop our own academic profile/brand/presence. Becoming a digital researcher, and working more in the cloud is increasingly important for all the above; particularly in the social sciences.

In my workshop (taking place on 28 June, 2013 at the Research Student Conference at Anglia Ruskin University), we explore the simple technologies offering the 21st century researcher to do just this. The Prezi is written in a simple, accessible language and offers a step-change for all those willing to embrace digital technologies.

The Prezi is accessible here:

'Academia in the Cloud' 2013 Series


21st C tips for the modern thought leader…useful for any academic to develop digital presence..

I have to say; this is one of the first great Prezi’s which simplify the tools and techniques available to the 21st Century academic. Why not inspire yourself to write an E-book? Or devote the next two hours to a blog, YouTube channel series, to communicate your research. Being creative to get your research findings out there – and develop the virtual academic inside you… see the Prezi below for some brief 2 minute advice

Thought leadership logo

On the 29 June, 2013 – I will be giving a workshop on ‘Visualising and Connecting your Research’ – all about the way you can develop the virtual academic you through the strategic use of digital and social mediums freely available online. Outcomes and video will be revealed on here, around 1 July.

Seasonal Researcher X-change Series – [Summer] June, 2013

Click on the PDF below to find out more about our June, 2013 Researcher X-change!
The Launch Programme (5 June, 2013)

What’s it all about??
The ‘Seasonal Researcher X-change series’ is an opportunity for all Cambridge and Chelmsford LAIBS PhD researchers to share insights about their research, either from a general perspective or with regard to a specific part of their research, i.e. methodology, in order to seek different perspectives and expert feedback.


How the series works?
There will be a programme of four events split over the yearly seasonal periods: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter. All PhD researchers will be given an opportunity to talk about their research in front of LAIBS’s thriving research community and an expert panel of academics, who will provide constructive feedback, useful resources and guidance advices on all aspects of your research.

The series will be particularly useful for those researchers:
• At the beginning of their research, looking for expert guidance
• Wishing to facilitate conversations with other academics, in order to share academic expertise, literature sources and research ideas
• Considering OR preparing to present at a conference, or in preparation for the Viva
• Hoping to submit an article on their research findings
• Wishing to develop their presentation and communication skills
• Hoping to develop their academic presence and potential for academic collaboration both internally and externally

Enhancement through media
Given the rise of technology to further dissemination of research; create virtual networks and an online academic presence, in addition to the practical benefits as highlighted above; we will be recording all presentations, for two key objectives:

1) To build a bank of online, video and podcasting resources that can be used as a ways of showcasing PhD research and talent, serve as a reflective tool for current Ruskin researchers and a learning tool for future researchers
2) To enhance the online presence, dissemination and potential collaboration between PhDs and the wider academic community

If you are interested in taking part, either if you are from ARU or not, contact me on: to find out more – or send some details in the form below:

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