Hive Dates for Your Diary — May 2013

Wellbeing Walk

Sixteen Doctoral Researchers met up on campus and walked over to Stanmer Park last Friday afternoon (3rd May).  It was a beautiful day for a gentle ramble over the fields and through the woods and the conversation flowed.  Some of the party ended up in Falmer Bar, while the others lingered at the sumptuous Stanmer House and enjoyed drinks in the early summer sun — the perfect end to a busy week!

Shut Up and Write!

The Shut Up and Write! series has proved very popular and beneficial for researchers this academic year.  We are holding one final event on Tuesday May 14th at 3pm in the Library Cafe.  If you have never tried it before and like the idea of an informal, supportive writing session, if you’ve been experiencing writing blocks or just fancy a change of location, then come along and try it.  It will also be a valuable opportunity for those who have been attending regularly to get together once more, and, with any luck, it will continue.

Viva Survivors

Viva Survivors‘ — Tuesday, 21st May, 1pm-2.30pm in the Research Hive (Library top floor)

Hear stories and tips from researchers who have recently taken their Viva examinations and survived to tell the tale!  This informal, peer-led workshop will allow you to find out what the Viva is really like, share your concerns, and discuss how to prepare, what questions to expect, and how to defend your thesis.  Ideal for PhD students who are early on in their research and want to know what to expect, and for those who are preparing to face the Viva in the next year and want some practical tips and techniques to take away.

Just email us at to let us know that you intend to come along, and we’ll see you there.

Evaluation Activities

We would love to hear your views about the Hive and its activities.  We will be running focus groups on Tuesday, 28th May, 1pm-3pm in the top-floor Library Meeting Room; Thursday, 30th May, 11am-1pm in Essex House 06 and 5.30pm-7.30pm in the Library Meeting Room.  You would be very welcome to come along — refreshments will be provided!  The focus groups will help us to capture experiences of the Hive and its events, find out what we’re doing well and how we could improve our work and contribute to a positive researcher experience.  It will be an opportunity to share thoughts, views and experiences in a friendly, informal, confidential setting.  To take part, email the Research Hive at or chat with one of the Hive Scholars.  Let us know which session would be the most convenient and we’ll send more details.  

We look forward to hearing from you!

Also please take a moment to complete our survey of this year’s Hive workshops and activities, your usage of and experiences in the Hive, which can be found here!  There are two £20 Amazon vouchers to be won!

End-of-Year Picnic and Games

This year’s Research Hive Scholars invite you to partake in their end-of-year celebration and get-together, which will take the form of a picnic and games afternoon at Stanmer Park just across Stony Mere Way on Thursday, June 13th.  Researchers will meet in the courtyard outside Sussex House at 12pm — food, games, and Pimms will be provided!  There will be a range of non-compulsory activities, such as football, rounders, giant Jenga and giant Connect Four, so don’t worry if you’re not the sporty type — just lie back and enjoy the company, Pimms, and sunshine (we hope)!

If you would like to come along, please email us at so we have an idea of numbers and can keep you posted.

Research Hive Scholar Role

It’s coming up to that time of year when the Research Hive team will be looking to recruit three new Scholars for the next academic year, 2013-2014.  Information will be coming up soon, but, in the meantime, if you would like to chat to one of the Hive Scholars about what the role entails and their experiences, you can email us at, chat to Frank, Charlotte or Rachel when we are on duty in the Hive, or catch us at the Doctoral School end-of-year barbecue on 23rd May.



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