Hive Scholars recommendations for Black History Month

October is Black History Month in the UK! To celebrate, each of the scholars have put together two recommendations of books on different themes and topics in relation to Black History Month. Black History Month was created to celebrate the art, culture, music, food, history, languages, sexualities, genders, expressions and intellectual contributions of the Black communities. It is an appreciation of Blackness, and a recognition … Continue reading Hive Scholars recommendations for Black History Month

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Guest Blog Post: Mentoring an Undegraduate Research Project

One year ago while teaching one of the modules for Media & Communications course I met a fabulous student, Carly, who then I had the pleasure of mentoring as part of the JRA scheme. I am sure all of us encounter students who stand out in their dedication, academic independence and creativity. Although it goes without saying, we should never have, or- even more so- … Continue reading Guest Blog Post: Mentoring an Undegraduate Research Project

Guest Blog Post: “Why are you doing this? Reflections on fieldwork and the ‘purpose’ of Social Science research”

This blog post is from a guest contributor, a Sussex Postgraduate researcher grappling with the following question: What is the point of conducting field research among the marginalised or oppressed, if this research will not lead to any immediate improvements onto their lives? Read below to see how our guest blogger tries to reconcile with their different positionalities to try and make themselves and their … Continue reading Guest Blog Post: “Why are you doing this? Reflections on fieldwork and the ‘purpose’ of Social Science research”

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

TEDx: Together Apart!

Together Apart 24th April 2021 14:00-18:00 BST We are so excited for this year’s TEDxUniversityofSussex conference and we can guarantee that there is something for everyone. The theme this year is ‘Together Apart’ brought about by the current situation and we have adapted the event so that it can be watched remotely. We have however, not removed anything from the event and the conference is … Continue reading TEDx: Together Apart!

Guest Post: I wish I knew how

This post was originally posted on the School of Law, Politics and Sociology’s blog: The LaPSe of reason at the University of Sussex. It follows on from the authors previous post ‘What do they call me?’, here the meaning of justice for women of colour who’ve experienced gendered violence is explored in conversation with analysis of Nina Simone’s performances of two songs. The author, Neemah Ahamed (Doctoral Researcher … Continue reading Guest Post: I wish I knew how

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: 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: 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