Bring the Noise! Five inspiring blogs by women researchers

Bring the Noise!! On Friday 13 July 2018, people from all over the world will march together for the Women’s March on London, in a vibrant day of solidarity in diversity during President Trump’s visit to the UK.

Earlier in the year we celebrated women in research at Sussex and globally, for International Women’s Day (IWD) 2018. As the women’s march this Friday approaches, we’re reposting a collection of thought-provoking blogs originally written for IWD 2018. In these five brilliant blogs, female academics from Sussex discuss navigating academia as a woman, along with their personal experiences, thoughts and tips.

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Come and join us for the next Shut Up & Write!

The next Shut Up and Write! will be Thursday May 31st from 3.00pm – 5.30pm. We are trialling the afternoon, rather than the morning because it is often that post-lunch period which requires some motivation! We’ll meet by the couches in the Hive and then go together to the library café to get everyone a coffee (on us!).  Once everyone’s had a chat and enough caffeine we’ll head up to the Hive at 3.30pm for a couple of hours of writing in a quiet, friendly space.

If you’re new to the concept of Shut up & Write!, it is a scheduled group writing session, fuelled by a free coffee and a chat before knuckling down to work. Now a trending concept for research students all over the world, SU&W! originated in San Francisco Bay Area to “help members reach their writing goals in a supportive, social setting”. Feedback from previous years suggests that writing alongside others in the Hive can strongly improve focus and productivity, while regular sessions at a fixed time creates a unique and sociable impetus for your work.

Look forward to seeing as many of you as possible!



Showcase your initiative at the Festival of Doctoral Research!

Do you have an event, activity or initiative that you would like to promote to the doctoral researcher community? Whether it’s a project you’ve completed, an ongoing initiative, or something you’re planning, we want to hear about it!

We will be showcasing a selection of successful initiatives led by doctoral researchers as part of the Doctoral Community Sandpit, which will be taking place on 28 June 2018 during the Festival of Doctoral Research. Continue reading

Festival workshop: how to plan a researcher-led event or initiative

We’re excited to be running a Doctoral Community Sandpit workshop on Thursday 28 June, during the University’s first Festival of Doctoral Research. The Sandpit will be a chance for doctoral researchers to gain valuable hands-on experience of planning an activity or initiative, through a competitive game. There will be prizes for the winning team, a live voting poll, and plenty of coffee to fuel your imagination! Continue reading