May 2022 Calendar

An exciting month ahead! This May, we are organising our first ever research methods conference, Hive Virtual Conference 2022 on the 9th and 10th of May. Read on for more details on this and other events!

Hive Calendar for May 2022

Hive Events/Activities

Hive Virtual Conference 2022

The Sussex Research Hive Scholars is pleased to announce our virtual doctoral conference on inclusion, accessibility and solidarity through methods, taking place on the 9th and 10th of May, 2022.

As doctoral researchers, we represent a community of researchers applying a spectrum of methodologies to address, challenge, and ultimately improve local, national and international communities. We want to showcase how doctoral researchers are applying research methods and/or designs to centralize inclusivity and solidarities in research. That is why we are calling for PhD researchers interested in hosting panels, interactive workshop and/or short independent presentations to showcase how their ‘works in progress’ (WiP) around methodologies and ethics for the wider Sussex Doctoral Research community. This will be a great conference to dip your feet into the ‘conference experience’ and practice vocalizing your methodologies.

The full programme will be announced soon. Register for a free ticket on our Eventbrite page.

PHDForum Writing sessions

We are partnering with the PhDForum group, which is a global group of PhD researchers who come together to work and support each other. 

The online study room is freely available to help your motivation and make progress with your writing.  

Some describe the experience as akin to being in a library; a silent space to work alongside others.

The room is open 24/7 (with short resets of a couple of minutes approximately once every 20-48 hours). It is a mostly unmoderated and unstructured space.  There are structured sessions on Wednesdays and Saturdays. More information is available in the room. You can choose to follow the writing schedule on those days, or ignore. The space is your to make it work for you and your time zone. If you have difficulty joining, please do try using a different browser.

There are two types of structured sessions available:

  1. Writing sessions – Wednesdays and Saturdays: 6am – 6pm (UK Time) – 90 minute writing sessions, 30 minute breaks. Rinse & repeat.
  2. Shut Up and Write sessions on Saturdays 11.30am 8.00pm (UK Time) and Sundays 10.00am – 5.15pm (UK Time) – 60 minutes writing, 15 minutes break. Rinse & repeat.

More information is available in the room. Visit the Eventbrite page to register.

Library Events/Activities (On campus)

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

Literature Searching using Scopus and Web of Science: 12 May (10.30am to 12.00pm)

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: 20 May (2.00-3.15pm)

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
Other Library events that may be of interest (not on our calendar)

Co-create with Student Connectors in 2022/23

Careers-related Events [Updated!]

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

Communicating Complex Concepts to a Non-Expert Audience: 26th May, 2022 (10.00-11.00am)

The Brilliant Club is an award-winning university access charity. We mobilise the PhD community to work with schools and universities across the UK through our various programmes to support students who are less advantaged to access the most competitive universities and succeed when they get there. We also offer professional development sessions for doctoral and post-doctoral researchers on a number of topics and we are looking forward to working with the University of Sussex.

In this session we will help you to translate your research into simple, accessible concepts. We will demonstrate how to use concept-mapping strategies to break down your complex research and how to apply these principles to different forms of public engagement.

Open to: All PhD students

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!

  • 12th May: Animal Drawing (4-6pm)
  • 26th May: Acrylic Painting (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 2: 4-6pm on 26th April (rescheduled, TBD)
  • Session 3: 4-6pm on 17th May

Group 3 (sign up here):

  • Session 1: 6-8pm on 26th April (rescheduled, TBD)
  • 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

– The Hive Scholars


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