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Dr. Richard Huysmans' Podcast

64 EpisodesProduced by Dr Richard HuysmansWebsite

Helping researchers be commercially smart.

64 Episodes | 2019 - 2020

LinkedIn for Researchers

October 22nd, 2020


LinkedIn is essential for research success in the 21st century. As well as go through the three different ways researchers should be using LinkedIn – …

Writing Your CV

October 15th, 2020


COVID19 has impacted us all in many ways. For some, it has meant a shift in research focus. Our workload has increased. Funding has increased. It’s a case of all hands on deck. However, for most work has shifted. So you …

Four Apps That I Use

October 6th, 2020


Four apps that I use to help me run my practice. Gmail (but maybe moving to Outlook). Hubspot for managing customers, clients and collaborators. …

A Day in the Life

October 6th, 2020


What does a day look like for me? In this video I provide a quick run down.

Skills for Beyond My PhD

October 5th, 2020


There are many skills that I developed during my PhD that have been useful beyond it. In this video I go through several, as well as suggest some …

Dangers of a PhD Outside Academia

October 5th, 2020


Is a PhD dangerous outside academia? Potentially - we have problems for every solution. Not to mention an potentially over analytical and over …

I Answer the Question What Next

October 2nd, 2020


What do I do? I help people getting a PhD or those who already have a PhD answer the question "What next?".

Link to full transcript, you can find it …

Three Grant Writing Tips

October 2nd, 2020


Three grant writing tips: (1) know the policy context for the grant or proposal you are writing. (2) Prepare early. Know what you want to do before …

Telling People About Your Plans

October 1st, 2020


If you really want to make something a success - e.g. moving from academia to industry - tell people your plans. It'll (1) make you accountable; and (2) help you get access to new opportunities from the people you tell …

Three Things That Set Me Up to Transition Out of Academia

October 1st, 2020


How did I transition from academia to self-employed? In this video I cover the "insurance" I had, the people that supported me and the experiences that facilitated my success.


When I left academia, there …

Translation and Funding LinkedIn

September 30th, 2020


How and why LinkedIn is such a powerful tool for establishing research collaborations with industry partners.


On the surface, it might …

Five Points of PhD Program Failure

September 30th, 2020


In this audio, I cover off five different points of failure within PhD programs and how you might address them.


In the work that I do, …

Experiences for Beyond Your PhD

September 29th, 2020


As a PhD student you should always be thinking about what next. In this video I cover four things that helped me beyond my PhD. For me they were: 

1. …

Correct Language

September 29th, 2020


Short video about correct language to use for effective communication.


What language do you use to communicate your work. Is it complex? …

Two Things to Help Write Your Thesis Faster

September 28th, 2020


On this 30 second audio, Richard give 2 tips on writing thesis faster.


Two things to help writing your thesis faster:

The first. Plan …

Four Things That Got Me Here

September 28th, 2020


Four things that got me out of my academic career and onto the path of an entrepreneur. From mentors, to networks,, to work experience, to empathy with academics. Oh, not to mention a barking dog and car trying to …

PhD Program Failure - Lack of Students

September 25th, 2020


One of the biggest problems in a PhD program is lack of students. More students means greater peer support. More students also means many events and …

Suit Coat or Lab Coat?

September 25th, 2020


Knowing what you want to do - at any stage in life - is hard. In this video I talk about how I made the decision to switch from an academic career to a non-academic career. I also cover some of the things that made it …

Choosing a Social Media Channel

September 24th, 2020


So someone said to you “you should be on LinkedIn”. And now that’s all you can think about. Or, all of your academic friends are on Twitter. Or …

Doing More with Grant Money

September 17th, 2020


Funding for research is hard to come by at the best of times. But like a rubber band you want to be able to stretch your money to cover as much as possible.

Taking Advantage of International Ranking Schemes

September 10th, 2020


Sometimes working in an academic institution can feel like a tug-of-war. With competing priorities pulling in multiple different directions. However, …

An Introduction to University Ranking Schemes

September 3rd, 2020


University ranking schemes are like stars – there are lots around, but we really only pay attention to the ones that are the brightest. And like stars, there are small number of ranking schemes that have a …

Building Multi-University Collaborations

August 27th, 2020


Even though the Nobel Prizes cannot be awarded to teams; even though students cannot be supervised by researchers from multiple universities; even …

Setting up a Successful Partnership with Industry

August 20th, 2020


It is one thing to find an industry partner – but how do you set up a successful partnership? How do you turn a good idea into something that works …

How to Find Industry Partners

August 13th, 2020


Industry partners are an essential part of academic research in the 21st century. If the moniker was “publish or perish” it is now “partner AND publish or perish”. But, where do you find these partners? Who are they? …

Positioning Yourself as An Expert

August 6th, 2020


Without doubt, academic researchers are experts in their field. But, in so many cases non-academics are selected as experts. Experts when it comes to talking to the media. Experts when it comes to acting on panels. …

The Changing Nature of Academic Research

July 30th, 2020


Academic research is still, fundamentally, about publishing good research and getting grants to fund good research. However, “publishing” is now a very broad term. And “grants” can come from almost anywhere.

Becoming a Successful Researcher

July 23rd, 2020


Wanting to and being a successful academic researcher are two different things. Richard takes a look at what academic success looks like and what …

Why Become a Researcher

July 9th, 2020


If you’re doing a PhD you may well be thinking you’d like to become an academic researcher. But that is not the only option available to you.

Using Social Media to Translate Your Research

July 2nd, 2020


If you’re not on social media, you are not translating your research – it is as simple as that. But, being on social media doesn’t mean you are translating your research. There are so many scenarios and alternatives …

Finding a Mentor

June 25th, 2020


A mentor should be someone who can show you the way through things. They may not have THE answer, but they probably have AN answer. A bit like a …

Leaving Academia

June 18th, 2020


The decision to become an academic researcher is often based on passion for science or research. And although leaving any profession is hard, the decision to leave academia is often a tough one. There are often …

Developing Your Transferable Skills

June 11th, 2020


PhD graduates are clearly capable of doing many things beyond the running of an individual research project. However, that is not always obvious to their potential employers. Here, I look at how to track, record and …

Managing Virtual Teams

June 4th, 2020


Virtual teams, or my preferred term – distributed teams – have come into prominence as a result of many governments implementing physical distancing …

Things to Do When You Cannot Conduct Experiments

May 28th, 2020


Whether it is a global pandemic or broken machinery, there are times when doing experiments might not be possible. In this webinar, Richard go …

Building an Enhanced PhD Program

May 25th, 2020


It is no longer enough to offer “just a PhD program”. Universities and their faculties, colleges, schools and departments all need to prepare PhD …

Looking at Career Options

May 20th, 2020


According to research from the UK, 2/3 of final year PhD students are unclear on what they want to do after their PhD. And about 1/3 (30%) of PhD …

Moving Career Streams

May 18th, 2020


Across all areas of training there are essentially five streams of work: 

(1) Practitioner – doing the work you were trained to do. 

(2) Researcher – investigating a topic of interest. As an academic you are …

Facebook for Researchers

May 13th, 2020


Social media is a key part of your research communication arsenal. Facebook is the largest social network. It has more than 2.4 billion active users. But what does it mean to a researcher? How can you get access to a …

Identifying Your Potential Selling Points

May 11th, 2020


Getting funding as a researcher – let alone an early career researcher or PhD student – is increasingly difficult. And everyone is being encouraged …

Blogging for Researchers

May 6th, 2020


Increasingly academics and researchers more broadly are being asked to participate in social media. Sometimes it is about engagement, sometimes translation and other times simply to communicate. A good place for …

An Introduction to Strategic Planning in Research

May 4th, 2020


Strategy and planning are common outside research. Increasingly business-based approaches are being applied to research. Not just applied, but required. Take, for example, applications for new centres and institutes. …

Write That Thesis, Blog or Article Faster

April 29th, 2020


Prolific writing is essential to success as an academic. And it is also likely necessary for success in any career beyond your PhD. In this webinar I …

Twitter for Researchers

April 22nd, 2020


Social media is a key part of your research communication arsenal. Twitter is one of the largest social networks. It has more than 300 million active users. But what does it mean to a researcher? How can you get access …

Technology Options in Project Management

April 15th, 2020


There are many technology options for project management in research. In this webinar we take a quick look at some that are out there and why you …

Finding Grant Writing in Research Opportunities

April 8th, 2020


How and where to find funding opportunities as a PhD student or early career researcher (ECR).

CoronaWhelmed – Community-led Discussion on Dealing with COVID-19

April 1st, 2020


COVID-19 is causing many governments to enforce social isolation measures. Success as an academic or PhD might, at times require social isolation. …

Working with PhD Students and ECRs Partners

March 25th, 2020


Getting funding as a researcher – let alone an early career researcher or PhD student – is increasingly difficult. Particularly in the form of …

Getting Funding As an ECR

March 18th, 2020


Live recording of a webinar giving a quick introduction to early career researchers on how they could improve their chances of obtaining competitive …

Project Management in Research

March 11th, 2020


Richard gives a quick introduction to project management in research. He covers several different approaches, and when and where they might be of value in research.

The You Project # 43 with Dr Richard Huysmans

March 4th, 2020


On this episode of TYP, Craig chats with Dr. Richard Huysmans about all things learning, upskilling, research, business development, career change, academia and the trauma of Craig’s first semester of University (at …

Helium Podcast #19: Nurturing Industry Relationships for Research Sponsorship, Collaboration and Student Mentoring

February 26th, 2020


Dr. Richard Huysmans joined the show to discuss how to develop and nurture relationships with industry. These relationships will lead to more …

Applying for Jobs

February 19th, 2020


According to research from the UK, 2/3 of final year PhD students are unclear on what they want to do after their PhD. And about 1/3 (30%) of PhD …

Jane Anderson Podcast: Interview with Research Translation Expert Dr. Richard Huysmans

February 12th, 2020


As a research strategist, Dr. Richard Huysmans is an expert in helping researchers get the best out of their training, their research and their career. He is focused on research translation and together with Jane …

Budget Setting & Management in Research

February 5th, 2020


The four key elements of Project Management are cost, quality, scope and time. Of all four, I most often get asked to help researchers with cost. Or more to the point budget setting and management.

Becoming a Resilient Researcher

January 29th, 2020


PhD students have some of the highest rates of mental fatigue of any part of the research system. Some studies even show PhD students as having the worst mental health of all professions and students. Why is this the …

CV Writing for Academics

January 22nd, 2020


CV writing is not something you need to do every day, not even every year. And some people might be lucky enough that they never need to write a CV. But, if you have to write one it can be tough to know what is in or …

How to Identify Potential Partners

January 15th, 2020


One of the best ways to translate your research into practice is to work directly with an industry partner. But one of the hardest things to do is find a partner interested in the work you do or the knowledge you have. …

How to Better Understand the Broader Context of Your Research

January 8th, 2020


We often talk about strategy and strategic planning? But what does it actually mean? This webinar gives a brief introduction to strategic planning, and covers one of its key components – environmental scanning. 

SWOT Analysis

December 11th, 2019


We often talk about strategy and strategic planning? But what does it actually mean? In this webinar I’ll give a brief introduction to strategic planning and then cover one of its key components – SWOT analysis (also …

Using Technology to Complete Your PhD Faster

December 4th, 2019


Average completion times for a PhD vary, but most data suggests at least four years (full time) as an average. In some cases, the average completion …

Building Your Personal Research Website

November 27th, 2019


Increasingly researchers are expected to develop and manage their own personal brand. This can (and does) cover many aspects of online and offline life. Initially, it began with social media. But websites have decreased …

LinkedIn for Researchers

November 20th, 2019


LinkedIn is the only social media network dedicated to work-related activities. As such, it has a unique place for academics in connecting with industry. In this webinar I’ll go through why you might use LinkedIn and …

Instagram for Researchers

November 13th, 2019


Social media is a key part of your research communication arsenal. Instagram one of the fastest growing social networks in terms of percentage of people who use it in Australia. It has more than 1 billion active users. …

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