Digital Discovery Week: 5 – 9 November 2018


This year’s Digital Discovery Week takes place 5-9 November with a packed schedule of workshops, seminars and online opportunities to enable students and staff to experiment with new technologies, showcase examples of innovations in teaching and research at Sussex, and horizon-scan for emerging technologies which will impact our sector.

The week launches with Sussex Digital Futures on Monday 5 November, which brings together leaders from across the University in a roundtable discussion chaired by Rorden Wilkinson, Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education and Innovation.

Other workshops include:

  • Create your own augmented reality experience
  • Digital tools for health and fitness
  • GoBags: 360/Immersive tech
  • Grapheel IRIS
  • Use of visual media in learning
  • Makerspace: build a robotic arm

Finishing the week, Alex Green from The National Archives will discuss the ARCHANGEL Project and using Blockchain to engender trust in public digital archives and Steve Huckle (Doctoral Researcher – Informatics) will discuss Fake News – a Technological Approach to Proving Provenance Using Blockchains.

This collaborative initiative is open to all staff and students at the University and is led by Technology Enhanced Learning and the Library.

Full event details and booking can be found at:

Apply by 15th November for Thesis Boot Camp

Are you a late-stage Sussex doctoral researcher, struggling to finish your thesis?

Do you keep putting off your writing?

Are you finding it tough to get motivated?

The Doctoral School are now accepting applications for the next Thesis Boot Camp, which will be taking place in December 2018:

  • Day 1: Saturday 15th December (09.30 – 20.00)
  • Day 2: Sunday 16th December (09.30 – 16.00)

Thesis Boot Camp is an intensive and supporting writing environment for late-stage doctoral researchers. The core idea is to give you the necessary time, space, and encouragement to make significant progress on your first draft. It’s not designed to provide specific advice on editing, restructuring, or polishing a thesis – the focus is on overcoming writer’s block to produce a large number of words.

Support is provided through short tutorials, group discussion, and 1-2-1 consultations with the facilitator. Attendees are required to complete preparatory tasks to get the most out of the weekend.

The weekend is fully catered, but no overnight accommodation is available.

For eligibility criteria, and details of how to apply online, please visit

The deadline for applications is midnight on Thursday 15th November.

Please note that priority will be given to first time applicants.

Applications invited for the Researcher-Led Initiative Fund

We are pleased to announce that the autumn call for applications to the Researcher-Led Initiative Fund is now open.

The fund is open to doctoral researchers and early career research-only staff, and aims to complement the training and development opportunities provided through the Researcher Development Programme and within schools. Researchers can now also apply to the fund to organise public-engagement activities.

Researchers can apply for up to £750 for any one training and development or public engagement initiative.

Previous training and development initiatives funded by the RLI scheme include:

  • Mark Bason (School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences): ‘Career Development Forum – Navigating Academia’
  • Smita Yadav (School of Global Studies): ‘Conference – Global North-South Precarity: Search for Global Solidarity’
  • Reese Wilkinson (School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences): ‘MPS Early Careers PGR Conference’
  • Eleanor Whitcroft (School of English): ‘Graphic Brighton- Academic Comics Conference’
  • Senaratne Madhushala (School of Media, Film and Music): ‘Opportunities for research: Humanitarian narratives, representational strategies, and I/NGOs’
  • Edward Briggs (School of Media, Film and Music): ‘Creative and Critical Practice Symposium’
  • Gizem Guney (School of Law, Politics & Sociology): ‘Towards Gender Equality: Clashes in Law’
  • Sara Balouch (BSMS): ‘Non-Pharmacological Dementia Research Symposium’

Examples of public-engagement initiatives previously funded include:

  • Alex Dewar (Engineering and Informatics): awarded funds to develop a game to be played by members of the public using a robot and a virtual-reality headset to kick start discussions about bees, robotics and public policy.
  • Andrea Keszthely (Life Sciences): awarded funds to develop an experiment in which several year 12 students would learn about genetic stability and its importance in cancer and other diseases.
  • Babatunde Alabi-Hundeyin (School of Media, Film and Music): awarded funds to develop a public photo exhibition showing positive images of deprived and displaced children. Captured during fieldwork in a Nigerian camp for internally displaced persons (IDP), the images aimed to enable and empower the voices of the marginalised.
  • Charlotte Terrell (School of English): awarded funds to hold a screening of Derek Jarman’s 1986 film ‘Caravaggio’ at Fabrica Gallery, Brighton. The screening of ‘Caravaggio’ – a milestone in British queer filmmaking – aimed to bring Jarman and Caravaggio’s work to a new audience, and to inspire audiences to consider how artworks respond to and influence one another.
  • Aleksandra Herman (School of Psychology): awarded funds to deliver a talk/workshop to Computer Science and Software Development students at the Sussex Down College. The workshop will highlight the research carried out in the Sussex Neuroscience concerning binge drinking in adolescence and early adulthood, with a specific focus on the effects of alcohol on the brain, mood and behaviour.
  • Ciaran Fairhurst (School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences): awarded funds for project to build a demonstrative model of the James Webb Space Telescope’s (JWST) Near InfraRed CAMera (NIRCAM). The model aimed to inspire the public by introducing elements of modern astronomy, and emphasising that it is possible to be involved in such projects.
  • Samantha Furfari (School of Life Sciences): awarded funds to develop a 45-minute ‘Colours in Chemistry’ exhibition as part of Brighton Science Festival, demonstrating various ways that colours are useful in chemistry in vastly different ways.
  • Marie-Fabrice Gasasira Uwamahoro (School of Life Sciences): awarded funds to organize a science festival to inspire secondary school students in Rwanda.
  • Mahmoud Bukar Maina (School of Life Sciences): awarded additional funds to run several high-profile science outreach events in Nigeria and Uganda.

The deadline for applications is Friday 16 November 2018.

For further details and guidance, including the link to apply online, please visit

Careers Fair 2018 – Wednesday 7th November (11.00am – 3.00pm)

When? Wednesday 7 November 2018, 11am – 3pm

Where? American Express Community Stadium, Falmer, Brighton

Book your place on CareerHub

Careers Fair 2018 is your chance to meet over 130 employers offering roles, vacation work, placements, work experience and voluntary positions. 80% of the exhibiting employers are targeting students from any discipline; so use the Fair to find out more about a wide range of opportunities open to you.

The Careers Fair app
New for 2018, the Careers and Employability Centre are introducing the Careers Fair app to personalise your experience by making it easier for you to discover employers and opportunities of most interest.

Why should I use the app?

  • Filter employers and opportunities by vacancy type, sector and area of interest
  • Search by your subject* to see employers most relevant to you
  • Highlight employers in advance to plan your route using the interactive floor plans
  • Real-time updates and announcements
  • Hints and tips to help you make the most of the Fair

*the degree search function may not work for all subjects

How do I download the app?

Search for ‘Careers Fair Plus’ in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store to download the app onto your device, or try the web based version here.

Do get in touch with the Careers and Employability Centre if you have any questions about Careers Fair or the app!

See also: Careers and Employability Centre information for doctoral researchers

The Importance of Gaining Administrative and Non-Academic Experience

This post is written by Julia Winstone, Doctoral Researcher in the School of Law, Politics and Sociology.

Earlier this year, I attended a CV workshop for Doctoral Researchers run by the Careers and Employability Centre (CEC) here at Sussex to update my CV and I found it was relatively straightforward for me to write about my teaching and research roles here.

The CV workshop also emphasised the importance of Doctoral Researchers having a section in their CV on administrative and non-academic experience. As I was used to City style legal CVs, I had not given much thought to adding the up to date experience that I have gained here at Sussex on top of my professional experience. By the end of the workshop, I had a clear idea of just how important these roles are to my current CV for both academic and non-academic career paths.

The administrative experience I have gained at Sussex, includes being an MSc Postgraduate Representative for two years, attending regular student experience meetings, communicating proactively with peers and feeding back to the Director of the Doctoral School who convened this, producing adjustments where appropriate, reporting back to peers in a clear, timely way. It also includes successfully obtaining ESRC research funding for my PhD. As a member of the Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research PhD Working Group and the Sussex Centre for Crime Research, I have organised events where PhD Researchers meet to discuss their current research, chaired doctoral discussions on current human rights issues and given seminar and conference papers on aspects of my PhD research.

I am also a PhD Ambassador for the Postgraduate Recruitment Team. This involves attending question and answer sessions with prospective students and taking part in the highly successful annual telephone campaign where PhD Researchers are teamed up with prospective students to share our experiences of studying at Sussex and answer any questions they have.

All this is excellent for my CV as it demonstrates that in addition to my academic and research records, I also have current administrative and communication experience and enjoy working in customer facing roles which help students, have positive impact at Sussex and allow me to give something back to the University.

I always encourage other Doctoral Researchers to obtain administrative and non-academic experience while they are studying, because this helps to create a rounded CV.  My undergraduate roles helped me to obtain a training contract with a top law firm and my current roles will help me with my next career move. I would also encourage everyone to make the most of the excellent support available from CEC and to take part in the Postgraduate Recruitment Team campaigns, which are fun to be involved in.

If you are interested in becoming a PhD ambassador for the Postgraduate Recruitment Team please email –