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?
A good PhD is a finished PhD – a popular phrase for a very good reason. We can’t spend our lives labouring over our theses. At some point, it needs to be done. For this reason, there are many that would dissuade you from embarking on extra activities and side projects during your PhD. Additional research projects and employment will certainly eat away some time … Continue reading Going the extra mile in your PhD: 7 reasons to say yes to extra activities!
First of all, we want to say a huge thank you to our panellists for sharing such valuable insight at our Career Conversations Panel Event on 30th March. We thoroughly enjoyed hearing about your different paths through and out of academia and the discussions in the breakout rooms were encouraging and helpful for our current Doctoral Researchers. Another big thank you to Sarah Coleman at … Continue reading Career Conversations: Learning from PhD Alumni
Covid-19 presents a massive disruption to the academic workforce. PhD students and early career researchers are worried about their future career prospects inside academia and confused about their options outside the university walls. To talk us through everything that is happening, the Hive enlisted the help of Dr Inger Mewburn – who you might know as Thesis Whisperer! We are very excited to host her … Continue reading So, you’re finishing your PhD in a pandemic… what’s next? – The Thesis Whisperer is Coming to Sussex!
Everyone has a different way of dealing with the Covid-19 induced lockdown. Thabani Mutambasere, one of the 2018-2019’s Hive Scholars, is trying to use this time to develop some new skills – through online courses. And he wants to share his experience with MOOCs with us! As doctoral researchers, we already spend a lot of time on our own, combing through data, trying to make … Continue reading Making use of your ‘quaran-time’ as a doctoral researcher
So you’ve handed in your thesis, passed your viva with flying colours and now you’re ready for the world of gainful employment. Or you’re still in the middle of it all but are beginning to think it never hurts to have a plan B. Whatever your situation it can be daunting thinking about sending out CVs for actual, proper work. It’s not that your PhD … Continue reading Life After Your Doctorate -Transferable skills
Public engagement can be daunting, but could it be the best thing you’ve ever done for your PhD – and your future career? There are multiple and varied ways in which to communicate your research, and as we explored in a recent Doctoral Discussion, getting out there can be hugely important to your studies and even your wellbeing.
For some, public involvement can be an integral part of a PhD; for example, in the use of public-facing focus groups or questionnaires that feed back into the design of a specific project, or provide data in themselves.
For others, public engagement involves stepping out of the ordinary work environment and making time to communicate research via alternative platforms, whether this is in schools, public spaces, museums, special interest audiences or even the pub.
So, how can public engagement benefit you? Here are ten ways in which such work can add value to your studies. Continue reading “Ten benefits of public engagement for your PhD”
I recently blogged about how the University of Sussex is trialling Mahara as a form of e-portfolio. Here, as a follow-up I wanted to give my personal perspective.
What about ‘free’ commercial, social media alternatives to E-portfolio platforms?
Currently, I am learning to code in order to be able to have control over where and how I blog or showcase my own practice-based work. This is time-consuming and eats into the time I have to do my research, but I do not want to rely on having my work somewhere on the cloud, out of my control. A case in point is Instagram. I recently uploaded some photos on a field trip to Hong Kong and Australia: https://www.instagram.com/tomhomemademan. Continue reading “E-portfolios for research: Mahara or Social Media?”
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