The Great Sussex Book Sprint

Are you ready for the challenge of the year? Join our team to write and publish a book in just 4 days. Yes, really! This is the first Book Sprint at Sussex – a concept that brings people together to plan, write, and edit a book in a week. In a friendly and supportive environment, you’ll develop your research and get a publication on your CV. Continue reading

What to expect from your Viva: a discussion.

What should I expect from the day of my Viva? Are all vivas the same? Are there some tips to help me personally prepare for that day? What can I learn from other people’s experiences? What are the regulations regarding the viva? What type of support is it provided?

The answers to these questions are arguably among the more important for doctoral researchers at any stage of their PhD experience. This is why the Research Hive Scholars invite you to share your doubts, questions and experiences during the Doctoral Discussion on “The viva experience: tips from PhD survivors” on the 18th May 2017 at 12pm in ARTS A04-GTS. Our guest speakers will be former PhD students from a range of disciplines and staff from the Research Administration Office.

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The experiment of the year: a Book Sprint here at Sussex!!

As advanced by Tom here in our blog, a book sprint is about to happen here at Sussex and the Hive Scholars are behind this extraordinary experiment.

You probably already know, but just to remind you: a book sprint is  book written in 3-5 days by 5-10 authors. In this case, we are set in doing it in 4 days at the end of May (30 May to 2 June). It is an insane endeavour to try to write an academic piece of collaborative writing in 4 days, but we are set in the idea and believe it or not, it will happen. The question is: Do you want to be part of it? Continue reading

GUEST POST: The Five Stages of Conference Rejection

by Shima Jalal Kamali

If not every, at least half the student population has faced some form of rejection during their studies. As a PhD student that level is tripled the normal amount. In addition to dealing with constant criticism about your work, dealing with student markings and feedback, and just life, there is also the added bonus of conference abstracts and yep you guessed it rejections. Continue reading

What is a Booksprint? An introduction.

Academic Book week 2017Sussex Research Hive Scholars invited Professor David Berry, as part of Academic Book Week at Sussex (#AcBookWeek), to talk to doctoral researchers about the ‘ins and outs’ of booksprints. Below I have summarised the main questions that came up in this fascinating talk.

What is a book sprint?

In a nutshell, a booksprint is collaborative writing that is ‘timeboxed, fun, and high stress’ according to David Berry, who has been involved in a number of these events. Essentially, it aims to get a piece of writing (e.g. monograph, manifesto, manual, ebook) completed or close to completion in a number of days so that it is basically ready for publication.

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Alternative Funding for Your PhD: five golden rules

Alternative PG funding pic Tom Ottway

This was the facilitator at the Doctoral School at University of Sussex event for researchers on 22.3.17: Postgraduate Funding: considering the alternatives

The blurb for this event read: ‘If you’re looking for extra funding for fees, living expenses, research, travel, conferences, or 4th year PhD study, come along to this workshop for help navigating the thousands of alternative grant-making bodies in the UK.’

After sitting through an extremely informative two-hour session with the facilitator, I wasn’t disappointed. In fact I feel inspired to consider new ways to seek alternative funding.

Here are my  5 nuggets of gold, which I picked up from the session:

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