Responsible authorship and getting feedback in publishing – Wiley workshop

The Library, in partnership with the Brighton & Sussex Research Integrity Series, have organised an interactive online workshop with international publishers Wiley. It’s open to all but will be of particular interest to doctoral and early career researchers.

Authorship is becoming an increasingly important issue in scholarly communications. Experts from Wiley will discuss how responsible authorship can enable transparency and openness with contributor roles, making sure that you get the credit you deserve for your research. The workshop will also explore the benefits to researchers of adopting open practices with feedback.

Usually, we would be holding our seminars in the Library – in our rather airless top floor meeting space – and providing you with lunch and time to chat. Sadly, there will be no refreshments on offer with this one but Wiley have produced a glossy pdf on ‘Top tips for getting published’ which they will distribute to all attendees.

We are hoping that the online workshop format will provide opportunities for you to see some new and familiar faces and to take advantage of having expert publishers on hand to answer your questions. Please go to our Eventbrite page to book your place.

Suzanne Tatham, Associate Director, University of Sussex Library

SPRU PhD Forum (Thursday 14th & Friday 15th May 2020)

The 26th annual SPRU PhD Forum is going online this year, with presentations live streamed on YouTube over two days. You can access the full schedule below:

Thursday May 14th – live on YouTube: SPRU PhD Forum Day 1
Friday May 15th – live on YouTube: SPRU PhD Forum Day 2

Two further sessions will take place on Zoom – on Thursday afternoon, a workshop on researcher wellness during Covid-19, provided by Sussex Doctoral School; and on Friday afternoon, a panel on academic career development from the ST Global Consortium. If you would like to join, email for Zoom links.

Join the LinkedIn group and follow on Twitter for regular updates, and contact for further details.

RDP Remote: six additional online workshops confirmed

In addition to the Social Media Bootcamp, we are pleased to confirm six additional remote workshops to the Researcher Development Programme, facilitated by the wonderful Dr. Sarah Robins-Hobden.

The upcoming sessions will address topics such as dealing with stress in the current context, effectively communicating your research, overcoming perfectionism and imposter phenomenon, and freeing up time and attention for your workload.

Stress, Resilience and Strengths: a digital workshop for researchers
In the acceleration of the COVID-19 pandemic you might be facing concurrent challenges of conducting your research from home, tutoring small humans, anxiety over the welfare of family members, a restructuring of your social life, dealing with persistent uncertainty and, it seems, a national shortage of toilet paper. This session could help you manage stress better, focus on your resilience when you need to, and create a greater sense of agency, while acknowledging and working with the very real limitations you might be experiencing.
Tuesday 21st April (10.00 – 12.00) Eventbrite booking link
Thursday 4th June (13.30 – 15.30) Sussex Direct booking link
Tuesday 7th July (13.30 – 15.30) Sussex Direct booking link

Communicating your Research to Non-Specialists (online)
This workshop will provide you with take-away tools to support you in understanding your audiences, choosing what to include and what to leave out, constructing an engaging and meaningful narrative, and how to tailor the detail of your research (and its impact) in accessible language.
Tuesday 5th May (10.30 – 12.00) Sussex Direct booking link

Tools for Handling Perfectionism and Imposter Phenomenon (online)
Experiencing either perfectionism or imposter phenomenon (or both) may mean you put yourself under more pressure to achieve, whilst at the same time you find your stress increases, productivity declines, and confidence becomes undermined. This workshop will provide you with a selection of techniques to manage your thinking and stress levels in a positive way, and to effectively handle perfectionist tendencies and imposter feelings if they arise.
Thursday 28th May (10.30 – 12.00) Sussex Direct booking link

Wrangling Your Workload (two-part online workshop)
Competing priorities, tight time frames and a sense of overwhelm are common in research roles, where researchers are striving for consistently high standards in an increasingly competitive field. In this workshop, we will review a range of strategies to reduce work-related stress in the research environment and empower you to free up time and attention for your own wellbeing.
Monday 22nd and Thursday 25th June (10.30 – 12.30) Sussex Direct booking link
Please note: This is a two-part course taking place on Monday 22nd and Thursday 25th June (10.30 – 12.00 on both days). Participants are required to attend both parts. 

Adam Weiler Doctoral Impact Award: Nominations now open

Recognising and celebrating outstanding academic impact

The Doctoral School are pleased to announce that nominations for the Adam Weiler Doctoral Impact Award are now open until Friday 15th May 2020.

The award is available to exceptional researchers currently registered for a doctoral degree at Sussex who have demonstrated the potential to achieve outstanding academic impact in their field.

One award of £1,000 (to go towards the winner’s research) is available each year, the result of a generous donation in memory of Adam Weiler, who studied International Relations at Sussex. Doctoral researchers can be nominated by their supervisor or the Director of Doctoral Studies in their School.

Find out more about the award, including guidance notes and the selection process, on the Adam Weiler Doctoral Impact Award page.

You can read an interview with Swastee Ranjan, last year’s winner, on the Doctoral Connections blog. The University’s Research Impact Officer, Christina Miariti, also gave her insights into what research impact is on the Hive Scholars’ blog last year.

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.