February 2022 Calendar

Hello and welcome (back) to the Spring Term!

Here’s a lowdown on events and activities happening in February for doctoral researchers.

Hive Events/Activities

Hive Shut & Write

This semester our Shut Up And Write sessions will be run as hybrid sessions most Tuesday and Wednesday (1-3pm) – meaning you can attend in person in the Hive Space (Group Study Room 2.1 & 2.2), or online (simply by joining using this link).

Each session will last 2 hours, with 2 x 45minutes writing blocks in each session. The idea is that this is a drop-in session, meaning you can come and go as you please, work to our schedule or simply join us to work as you prefer.

Come and get to know other researchers and support each other!

Doctoral Neurodiversi-Tea Gathering! (8th Feb @ 12.45pm-2pm)

We had a Doctoral Neurodiversity Gathering in November last year. This time, it’s the same concept, but more casual and (hopefully) more fun! Whether you need to have a chat with other neurodivergent researchers, or have a vent about how things are going or just generally want to hang out, we’ll be there 🙂

This will be an informal catch-up/social gathering at Meeting Room 1 in Falmer House. We’ll provide tea/coffee and some snacks – all you need to do is turn up with a mug!

Let us know here if you’re attending here!

PS: We’ll be planning some more formal support/skill-based events soon!

Hive LGBTQ+ Inclusivity Workshop for Researchers (23rd Feb @ 2-3.30pm)

It’s LGBTQ+ History Month and ‘inclusivity’ has become somewhat of a popular word that gets thrown around quite a bit these days – but what does it really mean? What does good inclusivity look like? And how can you be inclusive as a researcher?

It is important to talk about inclusivity; but more importantly, we believe in the need to practise it. That’s why in this workshop, we want to provide researchers with a safe space to discuss LGBTQ+ inclusivity, and the opportunity to share and learn in a non-judgemental way. In this workshop, we will highlight the use of inclusive language and how to create an inclusive conference environment. We will also discuss inclusivity in designing, writing, and thinking about research. There will also be opportunities to talk about real life research challenges and discuss potential strategies to overcome them.

We welcome researchers at all levels of their inclusivity interests and practices – it’s a session aimed at reflecting and learning in a safe and non-judgemental space.

Sign up here!

Library Events/Activities (Online)

All of these can be booked via the doctoral school webpage, which also provides more details.

Literature searching with Scopus and Web of Science: 3 Feb (2.30-4pm) and 4 February (10.30-12pm) 

Target audience: Doctoral researchers in the early stages from all disciplines

Workshop description: Scopus and Web of Science are online databases which search thousands of peer-reviewed journals to find articles across all disciplines.

With useful guidance from the Library Research Support Team, this workshop will show you how to make the most of these two major resources and develop search techniques that you can transfer to other more subject-specific databases.

Learning outcomes: By the end of the workshop you will have:

  • Learnt effective strategies for constructing & refining searches in Scopus and Web of Science
  • Had the opportunity to run your own search with guidance from Library Research Support staff
  • Been introduced to the Library’s subject guides
Finding dissertations and theses for your research: 10 Feb (2-3pm)

Target audience: Doctoral researchers in the early stages from all disciplines

Workshop description:
Theses & dissertations form a valuable body of work that can be really useful for your own research, & there are a range of tools available for finding these resources in your research area.

This session introduces several online tools that can be used to access dissertations & theses from academic institutions within the UK and beyond.

Learning outcomes: By the end of the workshop you will have

  • Learnt how to find Sussex theses using Sussex Research Online (SRO) & the Library catalogue
  • Discovered how to access UK and international theses using a number of online databases
  • Learnt about providing online access to your own doctoral theses
Introduction to Open Access publishing: 24 Feb (2.30-4pm)

Target audience: Doctoral researchers at all stages from all disciplines. Research staff are also welcome to book a place to attend this workshop

Workshop description:
This workshop will introduce you to Open Access (OA) publishing and what this means for you as a researcher. We will cover:

  • An introduction to Open Access developments and debates
  • the different routes to making your work Open Access
  • the benefits of making your doctoral thesis more widely available
  • consideration of publisher attitudes towards publishing open theses: fact vs fear
  • finding OA material to support your own literature searches

For other careers-related events, please stay tuned on our social media pages (Twitter and Instagram) or visit the CareerHub website.

Creative Outlets

This is a craft and chat sessions for the PhD Community at the University of Sussex. All sessions are run by doctoral researchers from 4-6pm in the Meeting House, with supplies drinks and snacks provided. No bookings required!

10th Feb: Clay-making
24th Feb: Weaving.

Please note that we have removed all events/activities taking place on strike action days from our calendar – however, this does not mean that there aren’t any taking place. Please check the relevant departments for strike updates on events.

If you have any PhD-related events to promote in March, please feel free to get in touch with us at researchhive@sussex.ac.uk.

The Hive Scholars


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