British Library PhD Research Placements: Call for Applications

The British Library are now accepting applications from current doctoral researchers to their PhD research placement scheme.

A broad range of research placement opportunities have been identified by the Library for 2018-19 (click on the links below to view placement project profiles).

These are specially-selected projects that have been developed to support current doctoral researchers in developing and applying transferable skills and expertise. A research placement at the British Library provides the chance to experience research in a different environment to that of a university, to engage with a range of research users and audiences, to gain insights into different potential postdoctoral career paths, and to make a tangible contribution to the purposes and programmes of a national library and major cultural organisation.

Current Opportunities

Find out more

Further information including the Application Guidelines and application form are available at:

The deadline for applications is 16.00 on 19 February 2018.

Please contact for any queries or to be added to the British Library placement scheme mailing list for future years.


Sussex Research Hive Seminars

The Library is now promoting the Sussex Research Hive Seminar series. These lunchtime events, funded by SAGE, are hosted by the Library and open to everyone engaged in, or supporting, the research process at Sussex. Returning for the ninth year, this popular series brings together the Sussex research community to discuss current issues in research.

This year, three of the seminars will focus on ideas of openness: open publications and alternative approaches to sharing research, open and transparent methods that enable the reproducibility of research, and the opportunities for open discussion and engagement made possible by social media. There will also be sessions exploring how universities can develop strong, inclusive research environments, and the perceived quality /quantity dichotomy facing researchers unsure of their publication strategy.

The seminars include a sandwich lunch, and there will be opportunities to discuss issues with researchers from across the university.

Visit for the full programme and booking information.

Careers and Employability Centre events for doctoral researchers

Today’s post is written by Rosanna Barnard, doctoral researcher in the School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Working within the Mathematics Applied to Biology (MAB) research group, Rosanna’s research involves modelling and analysing dynamic networks.

With just a few months of funding left on my PhD in Mathematics I am now having to seriously consider the career choices I will soon be making. To get some support I decided to attend two events for PhD researchers run by the Careers and Employability Centre (CEC), the aims of which are to help PhD researchers like myself consider their future options. Here I review the events I attended:

Doctoral Researchers Career Planning

The workshop started with a discussion around the pros and cons of academic and non-academic careers. We were given information on career pathways, and tools for self-identification of skills, relevant for careers both within and outside academia. By rating skills accumulated during PhD research, we were able to identify specific career options with similar responsibilities. We were also provided with a list of resources for academic and non-academic job searches and job titles related to research disciplines. The presentation and the information provided was well balanced, which helped me consider the benefits of each option and explore new and current ideas openly. I left the session with a greater sense of clarity about what my next step will be, and would highly recommend this workshop to others.

Effective CVs for PhD Researchers

The session opened with identifying skills we’d gained during our PhD and considering how these were applicable to different job roles. The presentation centred on academic and non-academic CVs, with advice on designing and structuring each CV type. We were encouraged to consider parallel career paths and to de-emphasise technical content and instead highlight transferable skills gained during research when applying to non-academic positions. It was really beneficial to reflect on my skills and CV during the session, and the example CVs provided at the end helped me to implement some of the ideas covered during the session.

I would really encourage other research students, regardless of stage or discipline, to make use of the events and resources offered by the CEC. Attending these events helped me to feel more positive about considering my career, at a time when I had been feeling overwhelmed. It was also a good opportunity to meet researchers from the wider University.

The CEC support includes bookable one-hour sessions with a Careers Consultant, a wealth of online resources, as well as regular events and workshops. To find out more or to book your place visit the CareerHub events page and search ‘PhD’.

Upcoming events include:

Doctoral Researchers Career Planning: 

Explore the range of options available to you both inside and outside academia after your PhD.

Tue 20 Feb 2018, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM, Careers & Employability Centre

Effective CVs for PhD Researchers

Find out how to produce an excellent CV for roles inside or outside academia after your PhD.

Thu 1 Mar 2018, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM, Careers & Employability Centre




Coming up in 2018…

Happy new year!

In our first post of 2018, we wanted to share a quick overview of what’s coming up in Spring/Summer 2018…We’re particularly excited to be planning our first festival of doctoral research, scroll down to find out more

Workshops and Events

Researcher Development Programme

Many of our Spring Researcher Development Programme workshops are now available to book via our events webpage, though we’ll be adding to the list over the coming weeks. This term sees some new additions to the programme, including:

  • 10 Steps to a PhD – STEM subjects (16th February, 09.15 – 16.30)
  • Kickstart your PhD weekend – for Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences (Saturday 24th – Sunday 25th February, 09.30 – 17.00)
  • Overcoming Perfectionism and Imposter Phenomenon (7th March, 14.00 – 17.00)
  • Using social media to support research (16th March, 10.00 – 13.00)

Find out more, view all of our workshops and events, and book your place at

Coffee and Cake – Thursday 15th February (10.00 – 12.00)

Join us at our Doctoral School coffee morning to find out more about how we support doctoral researchers. We’ll provide tea, coffee and cake, and give you the chance to chat with our colleagues and other doctoral researchers. Those in attendance include:

If you are interested in attending, please book a place to give us an idea of numbers, but feel free to drop in anytime between 10 – 12.

Doctoral Dinner – Curry Night – Thursday 22nd February (18.30-21.00)

Come along to Room 76 to join other doctoral researchers from across campus and enjoy some delicious (free) curry and a chat with some other interesting researchers!

The menu:

  • Chicken madras served with basmati rice
  • Potato and green pea masala (v/ve) served with basmati rice
  • Chutneys, sauces and pickle selection
  • Poppadoms

v – vegetarian; ve – vegan

We hope the menu we have created provides something for everyone, but if you have any specific dietary requirements please let us know when you book your place.

Book a place and nearer the time we’ll be in touch with details of how to collect your ticket.

Festival of Doctoral Research- date for your diary

We are delighted to announce that in June 2018, we will be holding our very first Festival of Doctoral Research, a week-long celebration of doctoral research at Sussex.

The festival will run from 25th – 29th June, and will include a range of events, competitions, social opportunities, and many ways for you to get involved.

We’ll be releasing further details on our website in due course, but in the meantime follow us on Twitter @SussexDocSchool #SussexDocFest for updates & put the dates in your diary!

Funding for your professional development

The Doctoral School administers a number of funding schemes designed to support your professional development as a researcher. We’re currently accepting applications to the following funds:

Researcher-Led Initiative Fund – Apply by Wednesday 28th February

Our Researcher-Led Initiative (RLI) fund supports peer-led professional development activities that benefit a broad range of researchers (across disciplines and career stages). Find out more…

Public Engagement Fund – Apply by Wednesday 28th February

The Public Engagement Fund is designed to build on the success of recent doctoral and early career researchers in securing public engagement funding and to encourage more researchers to work in this way. Find out more…

Sussex Fund Doctoral Overseas Conference Grants – Applications accepted year-round

Sussex Fund Doctoral Overseas Conference Grants support conference attendance overseas for doctoral researchers at Sussex. Funding is limited to £1,000 for any one student across the duration of your registration, and the University expects that you will be an active participant in the conference with a paper or presentation. Find out more…

Kindness UK Doctoral Conference Awards – Apply by Saturday 31st March

Kindness UK is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to fostering kindness throughout society, and is working with the University of Sussex to promote research from any academic discipline that illuminates kindness and its effects on people and communities. Funding up to a maximum of £1,000 per successful applicant is available to cover the costs of attending a conference where you will be presenting the research. Find out more…

See our Funding webpage for more opportunities.