April 2022 Calendar

Yay, spring is finally here, and so is our April calendar!

Spring Vacation – 2nd to 24th April 2022

If you haven’t already noticed, the massive gap in our calendar marks the Spring vacation – so, we won’t be hosting any events or activities, as we will be taking this time to rest and recharge to bring you more when term resumes. We strongly encourage you to also take some time off this spring – rest is productive!

Read our previous blog post by Hive Scholar, Erin Tilley, on how stepping away from her PhD helped her research.

Hive Events/Activities

Hive Shut Up & Write

Great news – our Shut Up And Write sessions will still be running over the spring vacation! If you need to get some writing done, why not join us online most Tuesday and Wednesday (12-2pm) 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!

Neurodiversity Resources & Tools Canvas Page for Researchers and Supervisors

The Hive is once again collaborating with the Sussex Neurodiversity Society! We’re putting together a Canvas page with resources and tools to support neurodivergent researchers and for supervisors supporting/teaching neurodivergent researchers/students.

What to expect:

  • Academic, research and skill-based tools that are helpful for neurodivergent researchers
  • Career support information for neurodivergent researchers
  • Resources such as experiential blog posts from neurodivergent researchers in academia
  • Resources for supervisors – e.g., supporting neurodivergent research students, busting myths on neurodiversity for dissertation supervisors, removing barriers from doctoral viva for neurodivergent students, etc.
  • PhD support groups and networks
  • Sussex-based support and mental health resources

This resource page will be launched as part of the Doctoral School’s Researcher Development Online Canvas page on the 25th of April 2022. More details to come on how to access the page will be available on our social media and through email.

Library Events/Activities (Online)

Managing your research data: 1st April 2022 (10am-12pm)

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

Workshop description: How safe is your research data? What would happen if you lost it all? This session will help you to write a data management plan that will keep your data safe, secure, and organised.

It will also cover how to find existing datasets and share your own data to increase your citations.

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

  • Identified different types of research data and why it is important to manage your data<
  • Learnt how to name, organise and document your data<
  • Learnt why and how to store your data securely<
  • Discovered ways of finding existing datasets and sharing your own data
  • Had the opportunity to start a data management plan with guidance from Library Research Support staff

This workshop can be booked via the doctoral school webpage, which also provides more details.

Careers-related Events

Information Webinar – The Brilliant Club – Becoming a tutor: 20th April 2022 (4.30pm-5.30pm)

The Brilliant Club works with schools and universities across the UK. We mobilise the PhD community to support students who are less advantaged to access the most competitive universities and succeed when they get there.

In this information webinar, you will learn about what we do at The Brilliant Club, why we exist and how you can get involved to help to make a difference by becoming a tutor with us. We will talk through the two programmes we run: The Scholar’s Programme and The Brilliant Tutoring Programme, benefits to becoming a tutor with us and you will find out some top tips for the application process.

Open to: All Postgraduate and PhD Students

How to join: This webinar will be delivered as a meeting via Zoom. Book your place to receive the Meeting ID and full joining instructions. 

Attending this event will help you gain points towards your Spirit of Sussex Award.

Other events if you can’t attend on the 20 April:

  • 26th April 2022 at 2pm (South of England recruitment event)
  • 11th October 2022 at 1pm (National recruitment information event)

To register for the information event, sign-up here. If you have any queries, please get in touch via apply@thebrilliantclub.org.

Other Events/Activities

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 at the Meeting House, with supplies drinks and snacks provided. No bookings required!

28th April: Print-making (4-6pm)

Neurodiversity Art Jam – a series of art & creative writing workshops for neurodivergent PGRs

Would you like to access a safe and accepting space to explore your creativity, respond to prompts and play with some art and writing materials?

  • All levels of art and writing (non-)experience welcome.
  • Each session consists of 1 hour of prompt-led play, 1 hour of free creative exploration (either
  • independent or collaborative – your choice)
  • All materials provided
  • Held in the Sussex Humanities Lab (Silverstone building)
  • No expectation to socialise, though you can if you like!
  • All modes of expression welcome and celebrated
  • Choose between 3 groups at varying times to suit your schedule (3 workshops for each group)
  • Option to show your art/writing at a Summer exhibition

There are 3 different groups (different days and timing for each group) but only 2 groups left available for bookings and there will be 3 sessions within each group.

Group 2 (sign up here):

  • Session 1: 4-6pm on 15th March
  • Session 2: 4-6pm on 26th April
  • Session 3: 4-6pm on 17th May

Group 3 (sign up here):

  • Session 1: 6-8pm on 26th April
  • Session 2: 6-8pm on 3rd May
  • Session 3: 6-8pm on 24th May

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

– The Hive Scholars

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