June 2022 Calendar

The Festival of Doctoral Research organised by the Doctoral School is taking place this month from the 6th-10th of June! Loads are happening include a Wellbeing Walk with us (more info below), PhD Creative Outlet, TEDx Viewing Party, Library Pub Quiz, Jobs Market Workshop (more info below) and more!

Find out more on their webpage.

Hive Events/Activities

Festival of Doctoral Research: Wellbeing Walk (8th June: 1-2pm – Meet at ACCA)

The Research Hive Scholars have got afternoon dip covered! Join them for a wellbeing walk in Stanmer Park.

Take a break and do some green exercise with us! This is a one hour mindful woodland walk of the Great Wood area in Stanmer Park with the Hive Scholars. There is also the option to venture out into the park and through the village of Stanmer (walkers’ choice!).

Some benefits of green exercising:

  • Recharge your batteries
  • Focusing on feeling
  • Improving your mood
  • Way of resting

Sign up on Eventbrite.

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

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

Literature Searching using Scopus and Web of Science (online): 16 June (2.00pm)

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

This workshop will be listed on the Researcher Development Programme webpage for bookings soon.

Festival of Doctoral Research: Library Pub Quiz – 8 June (5.30-7.00pm)

Join the Library’s Research Support team and fellow doctoral researchers for a pub quiz, research style.

With five rounds – including picture and music rounds – come test your general and research knowledge and be in with the chance of winning some excellent prizes. Attendees will receive a drinks voucher for the SU bar.

Secure a spot by registering on Eventbrite!

Careers-related Events

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

Understanding the PHD job Market (on campus): 9 Jun, 2022 (10:00-11:30am)

In this pilot session we’ll explore the different destinations and job markets that PhD researchers typically move into after achieving their PhDs. We’ll touch on the academic ones, although our focus will be on non-academic alternatives.

By the end of this session, you will be able to:

  • Better understand and investigate possible career destinations after your PhD
  • Identify skills developed in your PhD work and how they can be used
  • Know where to find further resources

CVs and Applications (online): 9 Jun, 2022 (12:00-1:00 pm)

We’ll share tips and answer your questions for how to write effective CVs, cover letters and applications. Prior to this session, we recommend engaging with the resources and information on our website and Careers and Entrepreneurship Canvas page. These materials are designed to prepare you for this session.

By the end of the session, you will be able to:

  • Understand different CV and cover letter styles and when to use them
  • Review styles of application
  • Learn about effective content, what to write and common errors
  • Find out how to answer application questions
  • Discover what employers are looking for
  • Review our online resources regarding CVs, cover letters and application

Preparing for Interviews (online): 22 Jun, 2022 (1:00-2:00 pm)

We’ll discuss and answer your questions for what to expect at job interviews, how to give a convincing performance, and help you to feel confident for your interview. We also recommend the resources and information on our website and Careers and Entrepreneurship Canvas page before you attend the workshop.

By the end of this session, you will have the opportunity to discuss:

  • What to expect in interviews
  • Ways to feel confident in your interview e.g. managing nerves
  • Different types of questions and how to answer them
  • Review our online resources regarding interviews and interview preparation

Turning Your Research into a Taster Lecture (online): 23 Jun, 2022 (2:00-3:00 pm)

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 share best practice for engaging with a non-expert audience and guide you in how to condense your research into an accessible format.

Networking and LinkedIn for PhD Researchers (on campus): 28 Jun, 2022 (10:00-11:30am)

This in-person live event looks at ideas and methods to help you with your networking with organisations and people who might help your career choices. Building a network of resources and people who can help you can be important in researching and developing a career.

In this event we will:

  • Explore what is meant by networking and its value to you
  • Identify networking resources
  • Consider networks you may already have
  • Learn how to identify networking opportunities
  • Establish a winning LinkedIn profile and learn how to network effectively using this unique online platform

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

– The Hive Scholars

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