Looking back on the Festival of Doctoral Research

This post  was originally published on the Doctoral Connections blog on 6th July 2018. It is re-posted here with kind permission from the Doctoral School. Source: Doctoral Connections

At the end of June Sussex hosted its first Festival of Doctoral Research; over three busy days, visitors were inspired, engaged and challenged in a series of events celebrating Sussex’s doctoral research. So much happened, it was hard to keep track of it all but for those of you that could’t make it, the Doctoral School have put together a brief recap.

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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!