The is the first of a short series of posts in which the 2012-13 scholars will reflect on our experiences as we prepare to finish our time with the Hive. In this first post, Charlotte Morris looks back at a rewarding year. If being a Hive scholar sounds good to you, you could consider applying to be a scholar in 2013-14. And most importantly, don’t forget to email us to sign up for the Hive end of year picnic and games afternoon in Stanmer Park on the 13th of June, and come along to celebrate a great year!
|Rachel, Charlotte & Frank packing welcome event goodie bags|
My year as a Research Hive Scholar
In a strange way, even though it could be said that the scholar work occasionally ate into my doctoral study time, it has enhanced my studies. In a more obvious way, the advice from recent completers about getting finished, preparing for the viva and the advice from Sage about getting published has helped me focus and prepare for the next phase of my research career. Our contact with Sage meant there was a great opportunity to publish a piece on research wellbeing through the Guardian Higher Education online. I have also felt much more ‘in the loop’ with various developmental activities going on such as Careers and Employability workshops. The knowledge and skills I have been developing as part of the role such as marketing and communication all help to keep my CV looking healthy. In a more subtle way, it is helpful to share what you’re going through with people who understand and may be experiencing something similar themselves. Just sitting together as part of the ‘shut up and write’ sessions feels supportive and I have a strong sense of community whenever I’m in the Hive surrounded by familiar faces. It’s also been good to break up my time so that when it’s time to study I’ve really focussed down and got on with it and, let’s face it, it’s got me into the library on a much more regular basis! So it’s good luck to next year’s scholars and I hope they get as much out of the experience as I have.