Going the extra mile in your PhD: 7 reasons to say yes to extra activities!

A good PhD is a finished PhD – a popular phrase for a very good reason. We can’t spend our lives labouring over our theses. At some point, it needs to be done. For this reason, there are many that would dissuade you from embarking on extra activities and side projects during your PhD. Additional research projects and employment will certainly eat away some time … Continue reading Going the extra mile in your PhD: 7 reasons to say yes to extra activities!

Career Conversations: Learning from PhD Alumni

First of all, we want to say a huge thank you to our panellists for sharing such valuable insight at our Career Conversations Panel Event on 30th March. We thoroughly enjoyed hearing about your different paths through and out of academia and the discussions in the breakout rooms were encouraging and helpful for our current Doctoral Researchers. Another big thank you to Sarah Coleman at … Continue reading Career Conversations: Learning from PhD Alumni

March Calendar

Tea and Talk Our monthly Tea and Talk sessions are continuing for as long as we remain working in a virtual space. Taking time to check in and have some organic conversations with other Doctoral Researchers has been so lovely, we miss our corridor and cafe conversations and this has been a great replacement. Our March session will be this Thursday 4th from 3-4pm. Sign … Continue reading March Calendar

6 ways to keep the blues at bay: winter lockdown edition

Over the past year, we have written a few posts with strategies to boost your well-being, and resources for coping with Covid-19 lockdowns. Yet, it is clear that our needs change with each lockdown. Here we are in number three, and you certainly won’t catch me working my way through an 8 week home exercise programme, doing the couch to 5k, or baking to within … Continue reading 6 ways to keep the blues at bay: winter lockdown edition

Hive Mind: Working Well and Staying Connected in Isolation

Last week, the Hive Scholars were invited to talk to Alice Corble, an Academic Services Supervisor from the Library, to share tips and ideas about how to stay motivated and connected when working in isolation. Our tips and ideas are relevant for anyone working on their own: undergraduate and postgraduate students, and faculty alike! Of course, we couldn’t miss the opportunity to plug some of … Continue reading Hive Mind: Working Well and Staying Connected in Isolation

Our most read posts of 2020!

The past year has certainly been a unique time for us all. There have been incredible challenges for PhD students in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic. It has also been a time of transformation, adaptation, and learning. The Hive has shifted online and has been supporting Doctoral Researchers via online events and platforms. We have also tried to bring you blog content that fits … Continue reading Our most read posts of 2020!

Top Tips and Takeaways: Peer Review with SAGE Publishing!

In the Hive, we have the pleasure of working with SAGE Publishing. Each year, the Scholars contribute to their blog and have the opportunity to visit their offices and attend some of their training sessions (pre-Covid, at least)! We asked SAGE if they would visit Sussex to speak with Doctoral Researchers about peer review: a core part of academic publishing where academics play a pivotal … Continue reading Top Tips and Takeaways: Peer Review with SAGE Publishing!

Time to get your references in shape!

You may have adopted a beautifully organised approach to your reference management from the very start of your PhD, or you might be like one of the Hive Scholars! We spoke to Bethany Logan, a Research and Scholarship Librarian in our very own library to straighten out our own reference management. Read our conversation below for an introduction to reference management software and some tips … Continue reading Time to get your references in shape!

The value of interdisciplinary interchange: exploring research intersections through an ‘inequalities’ lens

Introduction Sussex Research Hive’s first interdisciplinary ‘Unconference’ took place in November 2019. The event encouraged researchers from different disciplines to come together to consider their research from a wider angle. We ‘zoomed’ out from our narrow disciplines to form broad and general keywords about our research that allowed us to cross the boundaries of our discipline. All attendees then worked together to arrange the keywords … Continue reading The value of interdisciplinary interchange: exploring research intersections through an ‘inequalities’ lens

Mid-term tricks and treats!

We were anticipating an interesting and possibly difficult start to this term. Doing a PhD in a pandemic, whether you are just getting started or trying to find the momentum to push through, is definitely not easy. We have all learned a lot about what works since the start of Covid-19, but with the changing of rules, priorities, and needs, we are continually adapting and … Continue reading Mid-term tricks and treats!