Make it Happen is a week of panel events with Sussex alumni from four broad industry sectors, taking place on campus from Monday 24th to Thursday 27th February.
From graduates at the beginning of their journey to CEOs and Directors who have worked their way to the top, speakers will be sharing their experiences and giving valuable insights into working in their industry. Find out how they got into their career, the challenges they have faced and what keeps them motivated.
Each panel will include a Q&A, giving you the chance to ask any burning questions you may have, followed by space to chat with the panelists individually – which in the past has led to jobs for some students. Free refreshments are included.
Speakers confirmed so far include:
Nkem Ifejika, Documentary and Podcast Maker (Media and Communications)
Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP (Government, Public Services and Heritage)
Yiheng Yu, Analyst at Deutsche Bank London (Business, Finance and Marketing)
Polly Gilbert, Marketing Director at GoodBox Co and co-founder of TAP, London (Business, Finance and Marketing)
Nikki Bayliss, Head of Development at Alzheimer’s Disease International (Development, Charities and Not-for-Profit)
can read Polly’s story and get to know her ahead of the Business, Finance and
Marketing event in her Spotlight on: interview.
Additional School-specific evening events will be taking place later in the term, including Careers in Life Sciences on Wednesday 11th March. Check the Make it Happen webpages and the Careers Facebook and Instagram pages for updates.
Sentio is a scholarly journal founded and edited by doctoral researchers from the ESRC-funded Doctoral Training Partnership, SeNSS (South East Network for Social Sciences). This peer-reviewed interdisciplinary publication for the social sciences brings together articles, features, and personal reflections on the research process.
The journal organisers invite abstracts from doctoral researchers and scholars for the next issue of Sentio on the theme of ethics in research and practice within and across the different social science disciplines. The call for papers elaborates on possible approaches to this theme, provides details for submissions, and can be viewed on the Sentio Journal website.
The deadline for submissions of abstracts is 4pm (GMT) on28th February 2020.
Friday 6th March (15:00-17:30), Library Open Learning Space (ground floor)
Isolation is a key factor in mental health difficulties among doctoral researchers, but you are not alone. For Sussex Wellbeing Week, the Research Hive – in collaboration with the Doctoral School and Dr Sophie Valeix from the U-DOC project – invite PGRs to contribute to a giant, collaborative community collage for the Library.
The PhD community is a ‘collage’ of unique individuals and their specialities, personalities, and strengths. We want to represent our diverse community at Sussex by making a tangible collage, so that every time we see it we remember we are not alone, we are part of a beautiful assemblage of minds.
This is an opportunity to connect with each other and feel a sense of belonging through an immersive and accessible activity. Come along on your own to make a quiet creation, or join together for a more social experience. Don’t worry if you don’t see yourself as artistic or creative – you may be surprised at your skills. We aim to show that creative arts, and their benefits, can be enjoyed by anyone!
Looking Out For One Another In the PhD Community is a new workshop giving you the skills, knowledge and confidence to support your peers while also protecting your own mental health, designed in collaboration with Student Minds, the student mental health charity. Date: Wednesday 25th March. Book your place now.
The School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences is looking for PhD researchers to support the development and refinement of their REF Impact Case Studies through the collection of additional evidence (including from German language sources) and re-drafting of existing text.
To apply, please send a statement of no more than 500 words about how you address each of the person specifications to Ian Sillett (I.M.Sillett@sussex.ac.uk) as soon as possible but no later than 14th February 2020.
In this month’s installment of Researcher Focus, the Doctoral School speaks to Heidi from the School of History, Art History and Philosophy. Heidi’s research looks at how the philosophical tradition can help us to generate successful loving relationships.
What do you enjoy most about the PhD and why?
Doing the PhD has done a lot for my personal development and given me a lot of great opportunities, including opening many doors. Since starting my PhD, I have attended and presented at conferences and seminars, for example at Cambridge University, Sussex University and King’s College, where I’ve had the opportunity to meet some world-renowned thinkers in my field. My PhD has also allowed me to teach university students, which I am finding so rewarding. In terms of actual PhD’ing, I enjoy the fact that I can spend my time researching and talking about a topic (love) that genuinely interests me. I also enjoy the process of re-reading my work and editing it.
What has been the most difficult element so far?
The most difficult element so far has been combatting imposter syndrome. A PhD is very much ‘independent’ research and at times it has been difficult to trust my ideas without looking for validation from others. Trusting my thought process and my ideas has been very tricky and is something I’m still mastering.
What do you think you do well?
My motivation and dedication do a lot for me, and because of this I am good at taking and making opportunities. I put myself forward to get involved in interesting things, such as the Living Library, the Three Minute Thesis competition (in which I came second!), presenting research papers, and networking.
What piece of advice would you give to others doing a PhD?
Talk to other PhD researchers and attend workshops and events as much as possible. A PhD is renowned for being very isolating and it can feel like you’re the only one experiencing certain difficulties. Yet, whenever I’ve attended workshops and webinars, I’ve always noticed that there are many other people going through the same things. It’s also a great way to network.
What does a typical day look like for you?
When I’m not teaching, you can find me in the library. On the weekends, I’ll be at work, as a kitchen planner at IKEA.
How do you organise work, time, and yourself?
I spend the beginning part of my day in the library finding papers, reading books and working on my thesis. Then, I typically spend my evenings relaxing.
What do you do when you’re stressed?
One thing I do when I’m stressed is write things down. For example, if I have a lot of things to accomplish in a short space of time, I write a to dolist. I’ll tackle what is most urgent and then tick things off as I go. This helps me to see just how much I have left, so that what at first seemed overwhelming and stressful no longer appears so daunting.
Beyond the PhD
What additional non-academic things help you?
Prayer, naps, and music help me a lot. I am a believer and prayer helps to keep the focus off myself and on God. Taking a nap is a good way for me to stop focusing on whatever is making me stressed and once I wake up, I’ll hopefully have a different perspective on how to tackle the issue. And music is another way I like to de-stress.
What do you like doing on a day off?
I love to shop, I can shop for hours! I also love going to restaurants, museums, and the theatre. I would like to say I go to the gym, but I don’t (despite still paying for membership!).
What makes you happy?
My family. I still live at home with them and they are my support network. I’m also happy when I have a productive day, i.e. when I know that I have accomplished a lot or what I set out to do for the day.
What piece of advice would you give to someone about life?
Work hard and learn from others who have achieved what you want to achieve. And always thank God along the way!
English Language for Academic Study (ELAS), within the Sussex Centre for Language Studies (SCLS), offers workshops which cover aspects of Academic English, including culture and practice (study skills), 1:1 tutorials, and ‘time to write’ sessions. They aim to help students who have English as an additional language to continue to develop their English and to adapt to UK academic study.
It takes a while to improve language skills, so it is a good idea to make time for this alongside your academic studies throughout the academic year. The workshops, tutorials and ‘time to write’ sessions will help you do this in an enjoyable and supportive environment.
Workshops: These run throughout the academic year in term time. Please see list below.
1:1 Tutorials: These are offered throughout the year, in both the term and vacation periods. Spend 30 minutes discussing any aspect of your academic work 1:1 with a tutor.
‘Time to Write’ sessions: These are sessions which allow a quiet time for students to write, with a tutor available for questions. These sessions offer an opportunity to practice aspects of language covered in the workshops.
The process of essay writing Speaking in academic contexts Using nominalisation to develop academic style Signalling nouns and reference words in academic writing Proofreading, editing and creating concise writing Punctuation in academic writing Using participles and participle clauses to develop academic style Lexical complexity in academic language Developing academic style and vocabulary Textual cohesion in academic writing Relative clauses and noun phrases in academic writing Using cautious language in academic writing Paraphrasing, summarising and quoting in academic writing Structuring your essay: introductions, conclusions and paragraphing
Finding Dissertations and Theses for your Research Tuesday 4th February (11.00 – 12.00), Library Training Room This session introduces several online tools that can be used to access dissertations & theses from academic institutions within the UK and beyond. More info and book your place
Becoming an Effective Researcher Wednesday 5th February (13.00 – 17.00), Jubilee G22 Make a successful start to your doctorate with this practical workshop, designed to prepare you for the journey ahead. You’ll get the opportunity to meet researchers from across the University and build your skills in communication, problem-solving, and time-management. More info and book your place
Master Your Workload Wednesday 12th February (13.30 – 16.30), Fulton 101 In this workshop, you will review a range of strategies to reduce work-related stress in the research environment and be empowered to free up time and attention for your own wellbeing. More info and book your place
Working with your Supervisor: Practical Tips for Optimising the Supervisory Experience Wednesday 12th February (14.00 – 17.00), Jubilee G22 The supervisory relationship is crucial to the success of your PhD. In this interactive three-hour workshop, you’ll discover practical tips for optimising this relationship, consider common problems and develop strategies for overcoming them. More info and book your place
Literature Searching with Scopus and Web of Science Friday 14th February (10.30 – 12.00), Library Training Room With useful guidance from the Library Research Support team, this workshop will show you how to make the most of these two major resources and develop search techniques that you can transfer to other more subject-specific databases. More info and book your place
Career Exploration for PhD Researchers Friday 14th February (10.00 – 11.30), Careers and Employability Centre Explore the range of options available to you both inside and outside academia after your PhD. More info and book your place
Using Reference Management Tools – Zotero Monday 17th February (14.00 – 16.00), Library Training Room This practical workshop will cover the main features of Zotero, a reference management tool that helps you create a personal database of references and add citations and bibliographies to word processed documents using your chosen citation style. More info and book your place
Overcoming Perfectionism and Imposter Phenomenon Tuesday 18th February (13.30 – 16.30), Ashdown 101 In this session you will practice a range of techniques to help you tackle perfectionist tendencies and imposter feelings, unlocking more of your true potential and reducing stress in the process. More info and book your place
CVs for PhD Researchers Tuesday 18th February (15.30 – 17.00), Careers and Employability Centre This session will look at different styles and approaches to help you market your skills effectively, and to produce an excellent CV for jobs or further study. More info and book your place
Undertaking a Literature Review in the Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences Wednesday 19th February (14.00 – 17.00), Jubilee G22 The literature review forms a substantial part of your doctoral thesis and is also an ongoing process. Through clear examples, individual exercises, and group discussion, this workshop gets you started with your review. You will also receive guidance from the Library’s Research Support team to help you with your literature searching. More info and book your place
Using Reference Management Tools – Mendeley Thursday 20th February (11.00 – 13.00), Library Training Room This practical workshop will cover the main features of Mendeley, a reference management tool that helps you create a personal database of references and add citations and bibliographies to word processed documents using your chosen citation style. More info and book your place
Using Reference Management Tools – Endnote Tuesday 25th February (14.00 – 16.00), Library Training Room This practical workshop will cover the main features of Endnote, a reference management tool that helps you create a personal database of references and add citations and bibliographies to word processed documents using your chosen citation style. More info and book your place
Using SPSS to Analyse Research Data – for beginners Tuesday 25th February (14.00 – 17.00), Jubilee G23 March 3rd March (14.00 – 17.00), Jubilee G23 This two-part practical workshop is ideal for researchers with no previous experience of using SPSS and covers the basics to get you started. Participants must attend both sessions. More info and book your place
Interviews for PhD Researchers Tuesday 25th February (15.30 – 17.00), Careers and Employability Centre Find out how to succeed at interviews for roles inside and outside of academia after your PhD. This session will look at different styles and approaches to help you market your skills effectively. More info and book your place
Getting Ethical Approval Wednesday 26th February (14.00 – 17.00), Jubilee G22 This workshop will look at the key principles of undertaking ethical research, and explain how to go about obtaining ethical approval from the University. More info and book your place