I’m Marian and last year I was one of the Hive Scholars. During my year as a scholar I worked hard to start a community of Student Parents here at Sussex, since I myself am one and faced many challenges when trying to juggle both family life and academic studies or the pursuit of an academic career. Furthermore, I found it to be incredibly rewarding and helpful to surround myself by other student parents who were in a similar situation. That is why I decided to continue with this effort to build a stronger community for our families here at Sussex.
In order to continue with this initiative, we have created a mailing list, a Facebook group and a Twitter account for us parents to be in touch with each other and find different ways of offering and asking for support, both from other Student Parents and from the University.
We want to kick start this year with a Welcome Event where we will hopefully meet new people in our situation, and discuss what kind of support we would like to have and how we could help each other more and better. The event will take place in the Quiet Room of the Meeting House on Thursday, 19th October at 12:30. Needless to say, kids are welcome!
Here is a rough idea of what we’ll be talking about on that day:
- I will introduce myself and let you know a bit about what was done last year and where we are at at the moment, what we have achieved and what we had in mind when we started this group. I also would like to talk about the possibility of applying for the Student Experience Grant to see if we could do something about that. And to explore possible collaborations with the Childcare Facilities on campus.
- Maria Smith (Library Planning & Support Services Supervisor) and Emma Watson (Library Support Supervisor) will come and talk about a project to plan and pilot a space specifically for parents with young children in the Library!
- Helen Hampson (Researcher Development Officer from the Doctoral School) will introduce herself and talk about how the Doctoral School can help us but mainly she wants to hear what we think we need and how we think the Doctoral School can help
- Hannah Mullarky (Campaigns Coordinator University of Sussex Students’ Union) organises events for families on campus, she will tell us about what they’ve done in the past and what they have planned for this year.
All this talking shouldn’t take longer than 20 min or so, mainly the idea of the meeting is for us to say what we need and how we are experiencing the challenge of being parents and students/researchers at the same time. We want to get support and our efforts are really already showing results, but we need to keep working together and we definitely want to go to this type of meetings to network and know that support is coming!
So please book a place under this link https://direct.sussex.ac.uk/page.php?page=staff_development_booking_form&trail=staff_development&ac=1180 or go to the events page of the researcher development department of the Doctoral School.
Please sign up and join us for this event, also please spread the word!