With every day of the pandemic, and lockdown, young learners are disrupted. Pupils from underrepresented backgrounds face an even greater education challenge that grows by the day. Every day of the pandemic, pupils are disrupted. Those from underrepresented backgrounds face an even greater education challenge that grows by the day. The Brilliant Club need your help to tutor and #HelpDisruptedLearners.
The Brilliant Club works with PhD students and PhD graduates, who work across three core programmes, from catch-up in key subjects to sharing PhD research to inspire specialist subject learning. With the guidance of the PhDers we work with, over 65,000 learners from underrepresented backgrounds have graduated from our programmes.
The pandemic presents pupils from underrepresented backgrounds with an unprecedented disadvantage reaching further education. A generation of lost learners would have serious implications for university access, so we have pledged to do all we can to support the catch-up effort in schools. We are a National Tutoring Programme approved Tuition Partner and our PhD tutors will be delivering catch-up tutoring to schools through the recently launched Brilliant Tutoring Programme.
Has your research been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic? The Students’ Union is running a virtual forum to get your views on how Covid-19 has impacted doctoral research. Join the session this Wednesday 3 February, 4-5pm, to discuss how Covid-19 has affected your studies and share your experiences with other researchers.
International Student Support are facilitating some sessions for January starters during Welcome week. These sessions are open to all students who wish to attend, they will be focused for international students who may have arrived in the UK before current restrictions for semester 2 of their studies or those beginning their studies in the UK or remotely this January.
Monday 18th January at 12pm – Student Panel hosted by International Student Support and Student Connectors
Wednesday 20th January at 3pm – New to Sussex for International Students hosted by International Student Support with guest speakers from the Students’ Union
The call for papers is now open for the interdisciplinary AHRC Midlands4Cities-funded virtual seminar series Culture, Things, and Empire, organised by two PhD researchers at the universities of Leicester and Birmingham.
Between November 2020 and April 2021 they will be hosting five online Zoom seminars (20-minute papers and 40 minutes of discussion) and one masterclass for all registered participants, on themes such as race, gender, class, and materiality in the fields of imperial, colonial and global studies.
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 D.Wemyss@sussex.ac.uk for Zoom links.
The first installment of our Researcher Development Online Series which we’ll be running between now and the end of the academic year is up on the RDP event listings page.
It’s a combination of our regular workshops and sessions tailored to help you cope with living and working remotely, including new webinars from coach Catherine Pope on becoming a healthy researcher and a productive researcher during a time of crisis.
If you sign up you’ll receive an email with the link to join on the day of the session. Facilitators are using a variety of online platforms and we’re all learning as we go along, so any feedback will be really useful.
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
The School of Mathematical and Physical Sciences is looking for PhD researchers to support the development and refinement of their REF Impact Case Studies through the collection of additional evidence (including from German language sources) and re-drafting of existing text.
To apply, please send a statement of no more than 500 words about how you address each of the person specifications to Ian Sillett (I.M.Sillett@sussex.ac.uk) as soon as possible but no later than 14th February 2020.