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

Guest post: 5 Creative Ways to Process, Present and Publicise your Research

By Kate Meakin A research project like a PhD can be a long and arduous process, with hurdles and barriers (such as doing research in a pandemic!) and highs and lows along the way. One of the best ways to make the research process more enjoyable is to think about creative ways to present your project. These creative means might be about making your ideas … Continue reading Guest post: 5 Creative Ways to Process, Present and Publicise your Research

What is research impact?: An interview with Christina Miariti

This week is the Festival of Doctoral Research 2021! On Thursday, not only do we have an exciting keynote from the Head of the School of Psychology Robin Banerjee, there is also the announcements of several prize winners: Research Image and Research Poster competitions as well as the annual Adam Weiler Doctoral Impact Award. The Adam Weiler Doctoral Impact Award recognises PhD students who demonstrate the potential to make a … Continue reading What is research impact?: An interview with Christina Miariti

Going the extra mile in your PhD: 7 reasons to say yes to extra activities!

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!

Career Conversations: Learning from PhD Alumni

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

Guest post: Voice, purpose and the PhD journey

Why would someone pursue a PhD degree? It took me about three years to realize that what I was looking for through the PhD was my voice. When I started my application process, things seemed quite simple to me. I had decided to study for a social science research degree in order to better understand the reasons for the developmental disparities between nations in terms … Continue reading Guest post: Voice, purpose and the PhD journey

Guest Post: It’s What Global Pandemics are to Furniture

I am at the University of Sussex doing a PhD in chemistry, where I design laser microscopy techniques in chemical synthesis, specifically looking at fluorescent nanocrystals. I love my research and talking about it. But I would like to discuss about how the Covid-19 pandemic made me think about my desk instead.  I’ll set the scene. On Friday 20th March 2020, I had left university … Continue reading Guest Post: It’s What Global Pandemics are to Furniture

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