Research plans often change as a PhD progresses, but this year the coronavirus pandemic has caused havoc with everybody’s research projects. Doctoral students are facing disruption and delays to research, data collection and fieldwork, alongside coping with the impact of the pandemic itself.
Being flexible in your plans – adapting to change as it happens – is a useful trait for all researchers to develop. In January we’re hosting a series of online events to help you learn to adapt, develop a plan B, and overcome any obstacles that come your way, whether they’re Covid-related or otherwise.
Covid-19 and field research: interruptions, challenges and responses
Thursday 21 January, 11.00 – 12.30
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In this knowledge-sharing panel session, three Sussex PhD researchers and their supervisors will discuss the challenges they faced in 2020, and the different approaches they took to tackle the issues, adapt their projects and continue with their fieldwork.
How to adapt your PhD in a pandemic: mapping alternative routes to completion
Tuesday 26 January, 14.00 – 16.00
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Flexibility and adaptation are key skills for doctoral researchers. In this practical and interactive webinar, Dr Catherine Pope will get you back on track. We’ll clarify your aims, map out some alternative routes, and create an achievable plan B. By the end of the session you’ll have the confidence and clarity you need to take the next steps towards finishing your thesis.
We’re also planning a series of blogposts and case studies highlighting specific research projects and how different methods can be amended. If you’ve adapted your research project for any reason we’d love to hear from you – get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org.