2020: Making it to the End

Before we start talking about wrapping up this year, the Hive would like to send the biggest virtual hug to those affected by the latest Covid-19 guidelines. We hope you’re keeping well and if you need to reach out, please do — we are here for you through the break and would love to catch up and offer support during the holidays (that can often … Continue reading 2020: Making it to the End

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

Newsflash! It’s summer! Mid-pandemic breaks for PhD Researchers

E-mails have quietened down (slightly), there have been fewer Zoom calls, and my supervisor has even taken a week off. Wait…it can’t be…August? Already? Time flies when you’re having fun but it also flies when your work and home life blend into one. Being a PhD researcher even in ordinary circumstances makes it difficult to properly relax during the small amount of down time that … Continue reading Newsflash! It’s summer! Mid-pandemic breaks for PhD Researchers

‘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?

Quaran-Time Tea & Talk with the Hive

— UPDATED ON 3 July 2020: Our Summer care packages are continuing to come out in batches in between each of our July Tea and Talk sessions. So if you are expecting a package but have not yet received one, hold tight! We are working to get funding for an additional batch in the Autumn. So please do continue to sign up – you will … Continue reading Quaran-Time Tea & Talk with the Hive

Time for a Quarantini? Fiona Walker asks: ‘Has Covid-19 changed our drinking habits?’

A world turned upside down When it was announced UK schools would close from 20th March, and the reality of having three primary aged children at home hit me, I realised that my research plans could not continue.  Not only did my planned study involve a degree of face-to-face contact, it was also a complex, applied intervention that required meticulous planning and a lot of … Continue reading Time for a Quarantini? Fiona Walker asks: ‘Has Covid-19 changed our drinking habits?’

Hardship Fund: Raising Awareness

Following the discussion forum that we held in collaboration with the Doctoral School last week, the Doctoral School have released a response here. One key thing that has been flagged is that Doctoral Researchers are eligible to apply for the hardship fund. We are aware that it is not always easy to find, especially during these difficult times. We have gathered the links here to … Continue reading Hardship Fund: Raising Awareness

Podcast Review: Staying in with Emily and Kumail

If you ever treated yourself the excellent film called The Big Sick (2017) written by real-life inter-cultural couple Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, then you know their story. I won’t spend time writing about them or the film (but watch it if you haven’t! It’s very cathartic, I promise), and tell you about their new podcast called Staying in with Emily and Kumail. The … Continue reading Podcast Review: Staying in with Emily and Kumail

In-Home Entertainment! Because staying in is the new going out.

During this isolation period, all the talk around productivity has some of us feeling even more detached and guilt laden when we are unable to complete a normal work day. So, we have compiled a list with a range activities we can engage with online to instil some sense of variety to our days. We hope that this may take away some of the pressure … Continue reading In-Home Entertainment! Because staying in is the new going out.