March 2022 Calendar

Hello researchers! We’ve got lots of exciting events and activities on our March calendar. Just like last month, we haven’t included any events that fall on strike action days on our calendar in solidarity with our colleagues who are striking – so please check the the Doctoral School and the Careers & Entrepreneurship schedules for more information on any events taking place on strike days. … Continue reading March 2022 Calendar

Guest Blog Post: “Why are you doing this? Reflections on fieldwork and the ‘purpose’ of Social Science research”

This blog post is from a guest contributor, a Sussex Postgraduate researcher grappling with the following question: What is the point of conducting field research among the marginalised or oppressed, if this research will not lead to any immediate improvements onto their lives? Read below to see how our guest blogger tries to reconcile with their different positionalities to try and make themselves and their … Continue reading Guest Blog Post: “Why are you doing this? Reflections on fieldwork and the ‘purpose’ of Social Science research”

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 … Continue reading February 2022 Calendar

How Stepping Away From My PhD Helped My Research

Hive Scholar Erin is a Druid and lover of nature, and gives an insight into how these helped her with her research. Welcome to a new year, and to new researchers. It might feel strange to see a post about stepping away from your PhD when you may just be beginning and while this is aimed primarily at existing PhD researchers, it is also relevant … Continue reading How Stepping Away From My PhD Helped My Research

Doing a PhD is great, but what’s next?

As we’re approaching the end of this year and fast approaching the start of next year (yeah we know, how is this even possible), we thought it might be a good time for us to start thinking about what’s next. As PhD researchers, we are no stranger to how our research takes up a good chunk (if not all!) of our time and if you’re … Continue reading Doing a PhD is great, but what’s next?

All You Need To Know About Open Access

As we come to the end of Open Access week, we thought it might be useful to outline some key information about Open Access – What is it? How do we take part as doctoral/early career researchers? How do we overcome common challenges? Read on to find out more as our Open Access Librarian, Sam Nesbit, answered some of our questions! We largely know that … Continue reading All You Need To Know About Open Access

October 2021 Calendar

The month of October has gone by really quickly, but we’ve managed to squeeze in a few activities/events in our calendar this month! Hive Happy Halloween! Following a successful (and incredibly fun) #HiveHappyHour last month, we’re bringing back the pub quiz this month – join us at our next social event, Hive Happy Halloween, on October 28th at 4pm (location TBC). Bookings for this will … Continue reading October 2021 Calendar

Hello and welcome to the new academic year from the Hive Scholars!

We’ve had so much fun meeting and connecting in-person with doctoral researchers at various welcome/induction events from different Schools   over the last two weeks. For some of us, it was lovely to meet with fellow researchers again in-person; whilst for others, who started their PhDs during the pandemic, it was an exciting new experience! We’re also very pleased to report that our first social event … Continue reading Hello and welcome to the new academic year from the Hive Scholars!

Guest blog post: Combatting Epistemic Violence in Research

By Manjot Kaur Dhaliwal Epistemic Violence has been a central interest of mine since entering academia.  Given how knowledge can silence, erase, misconstruct and reinforce structures of dominance, I understand the opposite; that knowledge can deconstruct structures of dominance, shed light on those who are made invisible and give voice to the marginalised, oppressed and those constructed as ‘other’. The process of interrupting epistemic violence … Continue reading Guest blog post: Combatting Epistemic Violence in Research

PhD, Productivity and Procrastination: Major Ps in Each Doctoral Researcher’s Life

By Hala Abdelgawad Imagine a stress-free life where you happily write up your doctoral thesis, publish several papers, attend conferences, and build a strong profile! Imagine that you enjoy your PhD journey to the maximum and balance work and life! Imagine that you can eat well, sleep well, study well, exercise and socialise! This rosy picture is attainable. However, as PhD candidates, we all face … Continue reading PhD, Productivity and Procrastination: Major Ps in Each Doctoral Researcher’s Life