The end of an era of Tea and Talks!

For the past two years, we have held Tea and Talk sessions with PhD students in the Hive and online when Covid-19 prevented us meeting up in-person. It has been a pleasure to connect with other Doctoral Researchers during this time and to provide the opportunity to check in with one another, offer tips and advice, debrief about the month we have had, and sometimes just chat away.

These sessions appeared really valuable at the start of the pandemic, when we were all needing a space to vent and to speak to others in similar positions to ourselves. As time has gone on, there has been less need for this online space for PhD students. As restrictions have lightened and we have all become quite sick of Zoom, we have decided to bring these sessions to a close.

The Hive is still here for PhD students should you wish to check-in with us. You can also join us for our Happy Hour sessions, which we will run each month until the end of our time as Hive Scholars. It seems that a space with a more upbeat message and later on in the day is more in line with the needs of Doctoral Researchers at the moment.

You can sign up for the Hive’s Happy Hour at: bit.ly/hivehappyhour

We hope you have enjoyed the care packages that have coincided with these sessions. We do have something similar up our sleeves for the Festival of Doctoral Research, so watch this space!

We leave you with our first story post, with a recap of the Tea and Talk sessions over the past years!

— The Hive Scholars

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