The Education Awards (closing 3rd March)

Nominations for the second annual Education Awards are now open to staff and students, and you can make your nominations here.

The awards, which were launched last year, are an opportunity for staff and students to recognise members of staff – both academics and those in professional services – who truly embody the spirit and values of the University.

There are five awards in total and more than 300 nominations were submitted in 2019. The winners in each category were announced at a ceremony held in the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts and hosted by Sussex alumnus and BBC journalist Clive Myrie. View the video from the night.

Nominations will close on Tuesday 3rd March at 5pm. All nominees will be invited to an awards ceremony on 21st April, where the winners will be announced.

You can make your nominations on the Education Awards page.

Workshop: How can open practices help you to get published? (19th March)

A workshop with Wiley publishers in partnership with the UK Reproducibility Network

CEC Seminar Room, Library, Thursday 19th March 2020, 12.00-2.00pm

This interactive workshop with Wiley publishers and the UK Reproducibility Network is an exciting opportunity to explore three important topics for researchers: authorship, feedback, and your profile, showing how you can be successful when you adopt open research and publishing practices as part of what you do every day.

Attendees will be joined by Prof Pietro Ghezzi, RM Phillips Chair in Experimental Medicine, and Prof Rachel Thomson, Professor of Childhood & Youth Studies.

This workshop is perfect if you are an early career researcher or junior member of faculty who wants to learn more about open practices and publishing. Senior researchers and established mentors are also welcome.

A sandwich lunch will be provided. Numbers are limited so please book to reserve your place.

Click here to sign up and visit the Library event page for more information.

Policy Engagement Workshops (sign up by 14th March)

Policy engagement is one pathway to impact, but how can you get your research in front of the right policy actors, at the right time and in the right way?

These workshops are aimed academic staff and doctoral researchers undertaking policy-relevant research and embarking on their policy outreach journey, new to Sussex or just interested in finding out more. Each workshop is the same and follows a three-part format, with emphasis on discussion and practical exercises:

  • An overview of policymaking and the UK national policy environment and processes
  • Stakeholder mapping: who could be interested in (and has the power to use) your research?
  • How to pitch your research to policy (and other non-academic) audiences

The workshops are delivered by Charlotte Humma, Research Communications Manager in the Business School and Business Manager for the UK Trade Policy Observatory.


  • 17th March, 10.00-12:00, Freeman Building, Moot room
  • 25th March, 13:30-15:30, Pevensey 2D11
  • 27th March, 12:00-14.00, Arts C 333
  • 31st March 09.30-11.30, Fulton 203

If you want to attend one of these workshops, please sign up via this Google form before Friday 14th March.

Charlotte will then send you a Calendar invitation – please accept this to confirm your place in the workshop.

In order to make it worth everyone’s time and effort, each workshop will only run if a minimum of 12 people have registered for that date. Your acceptance of the calendar invitation is considered as your firm commitment to attend the workshop.

Event: Public engagement for your research and career (11th March)

Wednesday 11th March (10.00 – 16.30), University of Surrey Stag Hill Campus

Public engagement is becoming ever more important within academia, as researchers are expected to be accountable, approachable and relevant. It can be personally rewarding, expand your skills and confidence, and open up new avenues of publication, funding or employment.

The University of Surrey is running an entire day of training and expert discussion in collaboration with the university’s Community and Public Engagement team. Workshops will include working with external partners, media skills, planning public engagement into your research, REF impact case studies and much else. The panel discussion will give the views of experienced professionals and researchers at different career stages and from diverse organisations.

University of Sussex doctoral researchers are invited to attend for the full day or only select sessions (with lunch provided).

This is an opportunity to share best practice. Surrey staff and speakers from several external organisations will present on diverse aspects of public engagement – from getting started to planning research impact, making funding bids to teaching and writing for diverse audiences, community building to festivals.

For full details, including the event schedule and to book a free place, please visit the Public Engagement for your research and career event link.

Call for Papers: Being Here, Researching There: First Colloquium of International Postgraduate Educational Researchers (22nd May)

22nd May 2020 (9.30am – 5.30pm), EMS G18, University of Exeter, St. Luke’s campus

This research colloquium – a Researcher-Led Initiative funded by the University of Exeter Researcher Development and Research Culture team – aims to provide a safe and supportive space for international educational researchers to discuss how research conducted in their place of birth or overseas while pursuing a degree in the UK has contributed to the awareness raising, visibility and enhancement of local educational issues.

Follow these links for Call for papers and Registration.

Deadline to submit abstracts is 9th March 2020.

For more information, email

Applications are currently being invited for the University of Sussex Doctoral School’s own Research-Led Initiative (RLI) Fund to support short-term, well-defined initiatives under one of three strands. A maximum of £750 is available for any one project. Visit the RLI homepage for more information and to submit an application. The deadline is 30th March 2020.

Workshops: Technology Enhanced Learning Spring series

The Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) department has a number of workshops this semester designed to provide professional development opportunities for doctoral tutors through the effective use of technology to enhance teaching, learning and assessment.

A list of the workshops (and links for booking) are detailed below, and you can find out more on the TEL workshops and courses webpage.

TEL Spring workshops

Research Student Week, 20th – 24th April

The Doctoral School is excited to share details of the USSU’s Research Student Week taking place in April. There will be daily panel discussions on themes related to PhD life, followed by a Q&A session, buffet lunch, and an opportunity to socialise / network with fellow researchers.

The week’s schedule is as follows:

  • Day 1 (20th April): Theme – Supervisor / Supervisee Relationship
    12-3pm @ The Debating Chamber, Falmer House
  • Day 2 (21st April): Theme – Mental Health & Wellbeing
    12-3pm @ Meeting Room 2, Falmer House
  • Day 3 (22nd April): Theme – International Student Experience
    12-3pm @ The Debating Chamber, Falmer House
  • Day 4 (23rd April): Theme – Professional Development
    3:30-5:30pm @ Meeting Room 2, Falmer House
  • Day 5 (24th April): Theme – Funding
    12-3pm @ The Debating Chamber, Falmer House

To book a free ticket and for more information about these and other postgraduate events, scan the QR code below or visit the USSU’s Postgraduate Events listings.

Call for Papers – Excursions Journal (deadline extended – 4th March)

The Excursions journal, run by University of Sussex researchers, has a Call for Papers on the concept of chaos.

The journal the invites researchers to embrace chaos and investigate the complexities of society, nature, science and being human. Is chaos a natural, universal phenomenon of “disorder” or a perspective-bound construct? What meanings and functions can we attribute to chaos in theory and practice? How can chaos aid contemporary scholarship in its quest to understand the complexity of our lived experience? 

In this issue, Excursions seeks to assemble a collection of articles that reflect on the concept of chaos, whether as a natural phenomenon in an objective reality or as a socially-constructed subjective phenomenon. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Chaos as a metaphysical concept or theory
  • Chaos as a process in the biological, physical and social world
  • Chaos as a theme in popular culture and political discourse
  • Chaos as fuel to incite change
  • Chaos as a source of creativity
  • Chaos as constructed by ideology and epistemology
  • Chaos as part of a research method

Please submit your paper by 4th March 2020 via the Excursions website. If you have trouble with the submission system, please email

Visit the Excursions website for further details on the Call for Papers.

New drop-in service for Doctoral Researcher Ethics Applications (every Wednesday, 14.00 – 16.00)

  • Does your research involve participants and/or the collection of data?
  • Do you need help with your ethics application?
  • Would you like advice on the ethical issues in your research?

EDIT: Due to coronavirus, there will be online Ethics Applications drop-in service provided by the Research Ethics, Integrity and Governance department.

The drop-in sessions will take place every Wednesday between 14.00-16.00.

For further information and to book, please contact Lauren Shukru ( or Tim Parkinson (

Careers: Make It Happen is back for 2020

Make it Happen with Sussex alumni banner: a week of events, inspiration, advice and networking

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.

Events include:

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)

You 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.