Author Archives: Christina Tsirou

About Christina Tsirou

I work for Roehampton University in South West London as the Research and Business Engagement Officer. The Research and Business Development Office, which forms my department, was created recently, and therefore I am the first holder of the above mouthful-of-a-role. This is very exciting, as I get a lot of freedom in forming tasks and developing areas of responsibility for the post. At the same time, it is also very challenging, as how things will be organized and work in practice remains to be seen. Together with the rest of the team, I contribute to various aspects of the so-called “third stream income generation activity” on behalf of the University. Third stream income is a relatively new term, meaning revenue that comes from outside the traditional sources of government funding and tuition fees. Some sources of third stream income can be Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, IP Commercialization, business start-ups and spin-offs, Development and Innovation Grants, executive courses, and partnerships with the private and public sectors. I am also heavily involved in the team’s efforts to encourage entrepreneurial thinking and work across campus by coordinating internal and inter-collegiate events and workshops for both students and academics. Finally, part of my work is devoted to fostering strong links with the local community, mainly through relationship-building events.

Idea development session for students

Last week I was asked to deliver a session to our MSc in Sports Science students on entrepreneurship and idea development. Their lecturer felt that, although bright and very knowledgeable, their  subject of study was quite restricted, so they’d benefit … Read More »

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What NOT to say in an interview

If you have an interview coming up and you want to boost your chances of doing well, here are some things that you should avoid saying.

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How can a temp job boost your career prospects?

A temp job is definitely not ideal. It’s not something you want to be into for your whole life, it doesn’t offer job security and it probably pays less too. This is as true in the higher education sector as … Read More »

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Partnering with other institutions

One of the projects I’m currently working on is a funding application to one of the UK’s main funding bodies for an ambitious research project. For this project, we have partnered with another institution in the Greater London area and … Read More »

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New Year Career Resolutions

Happy New Year to everyone! Like every year, it’s appropriate to start with resolutions for the year ahead. And since this is a career-related blog, what’s better than a few career resolutions?

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How to determine whether to apply for a position

In most sectors, it will probably not pay if you send out hundreds of applications for any position that is of remote interest. You first need to make the choice yourself and distinguish the ones you HAVE TO apply to, … Read More »

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Why internal vacancies can be a good opportunity

Are you feeling up for a new challenge in the workplace? Are you ready for a change but are afraid of the risks associated with changing jobs? Do you want to try doing something new but are concerned about starting … Read More »

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