How to make a podcast that generates research impact in 10 easy (and free) steps

Podcasts have grown rapidly in popularity in recent years, and they give everyone the opportunity to turn their research into a show, whatever their career stage or discipline. In this guide I will explain how you can create your own podcast with no training, experience or money, and use it to generate research impact. In the accompanying podcast episode, I interview Prof James Daybell, who thought initially that it would be hard to achieve impact for his archival research on Renaissance letters and letter-writing. Based at University of Plymouth’s School of Humanities and Performing Arts, James co-founded the Histories of the Unexpected podcast with TV presenter and historian, Dr Sam Willis

Four ways to cultivate deeper creativity by embracing failure, procrastination and criticism

Do you spend hours creating the perfect place to think, and then get frustrated when the ideas don’t start to flow? There is a reason for this. We are creating the wrong sorts of thinking spaces because we are focusing only on the positive attributes of places where we have had creative ideas in the past. Instead, by understanding the opposite of our best thinking space, we can reverse-engineer a psychological space that actually works. In this blog, I want to consider four ways we can look at the things that kill our creativity to find new, deeper wells of original thinking. 1. Understand what interrupts your thinking to carve out places where you can think well Do you have a perfect thinki

How to make an infographic CV featuring impact that you can submit with your next grant application

When you have to fit your CV to two pages in a grant application, what you choose to cut or keep says a lot about what you think are your most important achievements. Do you include examples of impact in your CV, and if so how? I was recently asked by a colleague how I communicate impact in my own CV. When I looked, I have to confess that I was rather disappointed; my impacts were hidden in a list of career "highlights" at the top of my CV. So I started asking around, to find out how other people include impact in their CVs. The answers I received inspired me. In addition to clearly articulating the impact of their research, a number of colleagues had done so using infographics. Inspired by