CRASAN, the Careers for Researchers in Academia Support & Advice Network, is currently being launched at The University of Manchester. Accessed via a link on ResearchConnect, CRASAN allows researchers to communicate with others all over the University and share their knowledge, research ideas and methods as well as their challenges and experiences.
There will be regular postings of news items on the CRASAN site via blogs, which will also signpost researchers to any relevant resources, such as careers information and development, workshops and training, informal and formal meetings, and researcher conferences. CRASAN also hopes to be the social side of ResearchConnect, with a focus on networking and publicity. The hope is that members will engage in posting news items regularly and signposting to any relevant events.
The network will be launched with a ‘road show’ going to all the faculties, demonstrating how to register with and get the most out of the network. It will promote social networking and provide some training on blogging, and how to integrate modern communication technology and research. It is hoped that all technophobes out there will be able to learn with CRASAN how to master modern technology and discover the educational possibilities that social networks could provide. Indeed, adults in Britain have been found to use social networking sites more frequently than any other European adults. Once the domain of the young, an explosive growth in the use of social networking sites has meant that the phenomenon has now spread to adults exploiting networking sites for business and academic purposes. For more information please go to http://crasan.wordpress.com/
Liz Smith, Manchester Business School