Due to exceptionally high competition for places, all sessions between 17 November and 26 January will be opened for bookings NEXT MONDAY 26 OCTOBER at 12 NOON.
Please remember that these workshops are repeated throughout the academic year. If you aren’t able to secure a place, there will be the opportunity to do so in the spring, and further dates are being added as demand dictates.
Please also be mindful of how useful each workshop is to your development at this point – it’s tempting to grab hold of every training opportunity going, but there is little value in attending a workshop on career prospects or academic publishing, for example, if you’ve just started your PhD!
The research methods modules and workshops on writing research proposals and securing a first academic post are also running exclusively for Sussex researchers; see the listings on the RDP website to book onto those.
If you’re still struggling to access a particular workshop, session recordings can be requested through the Training Series website as a last resort, and this is a great alternative for those who can’t book the live sessions. They will be delivered to you at three points throughout the year, see the website for further information.
Your PhD is probably the biggest piece of research you’ve undertaken so far, and juggling numerous references to articles and other resources can quickly get out of hand. It’s also a pain to have to write out and format your citations and bibliographies manually. Luckily, there’s an app for that!
Reference management tools enable you to create a personal database of references relevant to your work. These tools can help you gather bibliographic data from a range of sources, organise and manage this data, cite references in your writing and generate bibliographies automatically.
There are a number of software options available, and choosing the right tool for you will depend on your personal preferences and technical requirements. The Library is providing training on three different reference management tools this month: Zotero, Mendeley and Endnote.
Take a look at the Using Reference Management Tools self-guided course, and follow the materials to learn about reference management, explore the software and choose the one that suits your needs. Then book onto a Library Q&A session if you have any queries or need further support.
Step 2: Choose which software option you want to explore – there are online tutorials for Zotero, Mendeley and Endnote.
Step 3: Follow the tutorial, and practice adding, managing and citing different types of materials to get a feel for the functionality.
Step 4: Sign up for a live Q&A if you get stuck or have any specific questions – these aren’t training sessions, but an opportunity for hands-on troubleshooting from one of the Library team. There are Q&As for Mendeley (26 Oct), Endnote (29 Oct) and Zotero (3 Nov).
Open Access Week is an annual global event broadening awareness and understanding of open access to scholarly research results and celebrating open access to data, publications and more. This year’s theme is Open with Purpose: Taking action to build structural equity and inclusion.
The Library is hosting a series of events next week examining the current state of open access in academia, introducing you to some of the key concepts, and demonstrating practical ways you can open up your research, raise your profile and contribute to a more diverse culture of knowledge.
Braving the Elements: weathering changes to your Sussex profile and research outputs Monday 19th October, 10.00 – 11.00 Developing your online profile will increase the visibility of your work, expand the reach of your research and help to facilitate collaboration. This session will introduce you to Elements and share some tips to help you get started.
Making your research data available to support your publication Monday 19th October, 14.00 – 15.00 Many journals now ask for research data to be made openly available to support publications. This session will explore options open to researchers to do this effectively.
Using open access resources for study[open to all students] Tuesday 20th October, 11.00 – 12.00 This workshop will introduce you to some tools to help you discover scholarly publications and resources that are freely available to all, and look at techniques for evaluating materials that you find online.
How do funders and researchers work with open data? Thursday 22nd October, 13.00 – 14.00 Prof Rachel Thomson will talk about developing collaborative approaches to archiving, sharing and reusing qualitative social research with the Everyday Childhoods collection and Reanimating Data project; Dr Sonya Towers (Wellcome) will explore how Wellcome supports researchers to maximise the impact of their research outputs; and Suzanne Tatham will give a brief update on the work of Sussex’s DORA Task and Finish Group.
Open Access Week Wikipedia Editathon Friday 23rd October, 10.00 – 12.00 Celebrate and share your research expertise and contribute to the creation and dissemination of open knowledge. This workshop is for anyone interested in learning how to improve diversity by developing Wikipedia pages on notable women, LGBTQ+ and BAME professionals. No prior experience of web editing required.
The Postgraduate Network of the Media, Communication and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA) is surveying doctoral researchers to find out what training events would be useful in the 2020-21 academic year.
If your research covers any of these areas, including sociology and anthropology, take the survey now.
Two new personal development modules have been opened to doctoral researchers for the first time. Designed by Organisational Development, and mandatory for all staff at the University of Sussex, they will help you navigate everyday working relationships, and promote dignity and respect for all.
Unconscious biases are not under our conscious control, and can adversely affect key decisions we make. The Unconscious Bias module will enable you to work towards reducing the effects for yourself and within your organisation.
The Diversity in the Workplace module is intended to introduce you to the university’s approach to equality, diversity and inclusion, and to encourage you to promote diversity in everything you do.
These courses are self-led, meaning you can work your way through them at a time and location that suits you. Access them on the Researcher Development Online Canvas site, the new home for RDP training videos and online resources.
A University of Sheffield doctoral researcher is hosting a half-day conference on 8 December around law and digital technology.
The rise of technology has often outpaced the law, posing new challenges to the development of legal rules. In a world where interconnectedness is more prevalent than ever before, regulating the environment within which many of us operate is essential.
This conference seeks to explore current and new legal implications in the digital world and the ways in which the law responds to rapid technological changes that are developing every day.
Since 1938, Zonta International’s Amelia Earhart Fellowships have been encouraging and supporting women to expand their horizons by pursuing degrees and careers in aerospace engineering and space sciences. It is anticipated that 35 Fellowships of US$10,000 each will be awarded in 2021.
Women of any nationality pursuing a full-time PhD who demonstrate a superior academic record and who are conducting research applied to aerospace engineering or space sciences are eligible.
Applicants must have completed at least one year of their PhD or have received a Masters degree in an aerospace-applied field at the time the application is submitted. Applicants must not graduate from their PhD before April 2022. Post-doctoral research programmes are not eligible for the Fellowship.
See the Zonta International websitefor detailed eligibility requirements and to apply. The deadline for applications is 15 November2020.
The annual Adam Weiler Award goes to a doctoral researcher who shows the potential to achieve outstanding impact in their chosen field, the result of a generous donation from the family of a former Sussex student. This year, the prize was split between Halldor and Sunayana Bhargava (MPS). An interview with Sunayana will follow next month.
> Tell us a little about your research. My research is practice based and very much rooted in the work I have been doing with my project the halldorophone, an electro-acoustic string instrument I have been developing for a few years. My contribution will be to the field of innovation in musical instrument design and can perhaps be summarized so: “instrument making is culture making” as a new instrument implies a new kind of music making so you kind of have to be out there finding people who are up for making music in new ways and nurturing those relationships.
> What impact do you hope your research will achieve? Perhaps that, sharing my perspective and approach will demonstrate that one does not have to be an insider to contribute to a field (I have no musical training) but rather that a flexibility and sensitivity to the conversation one has in creative collaborations can be fertile ground for discovery.
> How will the prize money help you? I am building my workshop at the moment and it went towards an expensive and crucial tool.
> Tell us about your journey to the PhD, and what keeps you motivated. The research and conversation with my supervisors has been good in surprising ways. The work I do (design, fabrication and evaluation of the instrument with musician collaborators) is its own language and transposing those thoughts and intentions to the language of academic reflection (contextualisation within the field and broader trends in scientific method) is fortifying in ways I could not have foreseen. It is hard to describe but, perhaps the following is true: that once the elements of how this project came together have become abstracted during the period of research it is easier to move those elements around and consequently, experiment and evaluate them more critically. All of which is stimulating and invigorating.
> What advice would you offer to new doctoral researchers starting out? Stay true to your own instincts. Especially at the beginning when examining the state of the art and you are trying to imbue the massive amount of data that makes up your field it can be overwhelming and you feel like you know nothing. But every new pair of eyes and fresh mind has the potential to see something which has not been seen before, so being alive to your own perspective, arguably, can be your most important asset when contributing something meaningful to the field you have been invited to do research within.
> There is life outside the PhD! What do you do away from your research? At the moment I lift weights and swim in the Aegean.
> What’s next for you, in your work or otherwise? I am building myself a workshop for the first time. After that is done I will build myself a home. Both feel exceedingly satisfying.
The call for papers is now open for the interdisciplinary AHRC Midlands4Cities-funded virtual seminar series Culture, Things, and Empire, organised by two PhD researchers at the universities of Leicester and Birmingham.
Between November 2020 and April 2021 they will be hosting five online Zoom seminars (20-minute papers and 40 minutes of discussion) and one masterclass for all registered participants, on themes such as race, gender, class, and materiality in the fields of imperial, colonial and global studies.