Guest Post: Resilience is in our DNA

I am no expert when it comes to actual marathons. All I can talk about is the ultra-marathon that a PhD is. Being a PhD student is hard, the long hours, the complicated problems we want to find answers to, the uncertainty about the future and just the constant struggle to maintain a work life balance. Add a worldwide pandemic to the mix and it … Continue reading Guest Post: Resilience is in our DNA

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

Welcoming New Researchers and More Hive Events

The Hive is looking forward to welcoming new researchers joining Sussex this January. We imagine it must be a strange time to be starting your PhD journey but we, the Hive and the existing researchers, hope that we can offer support and community. We’d like to welcome you – the new researchers – over our traditional game of ‘Lie to the Hive’ on 19th January … Continue reading Welcoming New Researchers and More Hive Events

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!

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!

Ten Ways to Well-Being by Sussex Partnership

This World Mental Health Day, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is launching a #Ten4Ten campaign, which highlights 10 key ways to look after you mental health and well-being. As a part of their campaign, Student nurse Kuda-Kwashé has written and performed the 10 ways to well-being rap, which will be released on 10th October: World Mental Health Day 2020! They are also calling on local … Continue reading Ten Ways to Well-Being by Sussex Partnership

Pre-submission in a Pandemic: don’t panic!

During the Festival of Doctoral Research, the Doctoral School ran ‘Finishing your Doctorate’ panel sessions with faculty members from Arts and Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences. For some sessions, there was a dominant theme: pre-submission. Pre-submission status can be a little bit foggy at the best of times. Given the questions posed by Doctoral Researchers in these panel sessions and that little worldwide pandemic that … Continue reading Pre-submission in a Pandemic: don’t panic!

‘A pandemic isn’t a productivity contest’: an unhelpful sentiment for PhD students, or a welcome reminder?

The chances are, throughout this pandemic, you will have seen many messages telling you how ‘it’s ok not to be productive during a pandemic’, that you ‘don’t need to read a multitude of books’, or you might have been encouraged not to be ‘guilted into being more productive’. As PhD students, we can feel a natural urgency to read a multitude of books and research … Continue reading ‘A pandemic isn’t a productivity contest’: an unhelpful sentiment for PhD students, or a welcome reminder?