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: … Continue reading June 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

The Hive’s Last Hurrah!

Aanchal, Devyn, and Louise are excited to announce one last event as this year’s Hive Scholars. It will be a part of the upcoming Festival of Doctoral Research, to celebrate Sussex researchers to making it through a difficult year, and (hopefully) mark the end of the Covid-19 restrictions. We know (only too well) that it is easy to forget our achievements and progress and subscribe … Continue reading The Hive’s Last Hurrah!

The end of an era of Tea and Talks!

For the past two years, we have held Tea and Talk sessions with PhD students in the Hive and online when Covid-19 prevented us meeting up in-person. It has been a pleasure to connect with other Doctoral Researchers during this time and to provide the opportunity to check in with one another, offer tips and advice, debrief about the month we have had, and sometimes … Continue reading The end of an era of Tea and Talks!

Guest Post: Standing Up for Myself

My PhD experience has been marked by a difficult supervision experience, and the proactivity and self-confidence needed to overcome it. It started small, with a lack of communication and some peers reaching out to me about things they (my ex-supervisor) had said about me. It continued with shifting goals, insults, and refusing to let me speak in supervision sessions. I reached out to administrators for … Continue reading Guest Post: Standing Up for Myself

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

Guest Post: Covid-19 hit like a shockwave

Covid-19 hit like a shockwave through everything we had thought was normal.  We had seen draconian restriction hitting other nations but had never imagined that this would happen here.  But it did.  Schools were shut, all shops, cafes; the cafes I would one sit at, piles of books on the table, laptop open, sipping coffee while I worked away.  Those cafes were the personification of … Continue reading Guest Post: Covid-19 hit like a shockwave

Call for Posts: Chance to Win £50!

The Research Hive is pleased to announce a call for posts for the Research Hive blog. As you may know, the Hive blog is a space where the Hive publishes information about upcoming events for researchers but it is also a platform for researchers to talk about their research, their PhD journey, the obstacles, the celebrations, the imposter syndrome, and everything else that entails this … Continue reading Call for Posts: Chance to Win £50!

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