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Key player in UK research policy to speak at the Sussex Impact Day

Dr Steven Hill, Head of Research Policy at the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), is to share his vision for the impact of UK research with Sussex researchers and doctoral students.

Dr Hill’s keynote speech will open the Sussex Impact Day on Tuesday 16th June – a day of seminars and workshops to help faculty, researchers and research support staff from across the University to celebrate, share and develop the impact of their work on the world beyond the academy. Dr Hill is one of the key architects of impact as an increasingly important (and occasionally controversial) element of government assessment of research and as a factor in other areas of public policy.

The keynote speech will take place at 10am in the Jubilee Lecture Theatre. The event is open to all faculty, research staff, research students and Professional Services staff. Pre-booking is essential and is available via the Sussex Impact Day webpages.

This is just one of the sessions taking place during the Impact Day – others include:

  • How to tell if your research has commercial impact
  • 4* REF impact case studies: How the researchers did it
  • Influencing government; How to work with select committees
  • Pathways to impact: The inside story
  • Why use a participatory approach to impact? Learning from the STEPS Centre
  • Making the most of Twitter

See the full programme and book now.


Could you be a SAGE Research Hive Scholar?

The Library and Doctoral School are now recruiting for next year's SAGE Research Hive Scholar roles. There are three, ten-month Scholarships with an attached bursary of £3250, and the deadline for applications is Wednesday 3rd June 2015.

Find out more: 


Opportunity to participate in Angel Productions video about doctoral study

Angel Productions have made a number of videos about different aspects of doctoral study, and they are now making a video for people thinking of starting a PhD to help them decide if it would be right for them.

If you're interested in contributing to the video by sharing your experiences of studying for a PhD, please complete the Angel Productions online survey at

You can also view a number of Angel Productions videos through Researcher Development Online, including:


Free webinars from the UK Data Service

The UK Data Service, a resource funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to support researchers, teachers and policymakers who depend on high-quality social and economic data, are currently offering a range of free webinars that may be of interest to doctoral researchers.

There are two UK Data Service webinars coming up in June, and recordings of previous webinars are also available on the UK Data Service website:

See for a list of all UK Data Service upcoming events.


June Summer Graduation Deadline

This year, the Sussex summer graduation ceremonies will be taking place on Monday 13th - Friday 17th July in the Brighton Dome.

To be eligible to graduate during the summer ceremonies, Friday 13th June is the deadline for the Research Student Administration Office to receive a copy of your final hard bound thesis, a pdf copy of the thesis, and your completed ETHOS Library form.

For essential information, guides and forms for doctoral researchers, visit the Codes, Forms and Handbooks webpages.


10 Career Paths for Doctoral Researchers

This ebook produced by aims to support doctoral researchers thinking ahead to a career outside of academia. Helping you to think about using your research skills in jobs beyond academia, and how to translate your skills from academia to business, the ebook presents 10 possible career paths in the form of case studies. The case studies focus on careers in industrial research and development, pharmaceutical industry, engineering industry, central government, research councils, NHS research roles, medical communications, charity and voluntary sector, finance and consultancy.

Whatever you end up doing after your doctorate, there are a number of online resources designed to help you find career opportunities, optimise your CV, and keep up-to-date with the latest developments. These include: - Career Development Toolkit for Researchers - A toolkit offering some useful starting points for those seeking to formulate an onhoing career strategy.

Vitae - Creating Effective CVs - Detailed advice on structuring, formatting, and improving your CV. Includes 18 sample CVs.

Prospects - Your PhD, what next? - General advice, jobs listings, and tips on writing your CV.

An Academic Career (The University of Manchester) - A range of material on the realities of finding and doing an academic job.

AGCAS - University Researchers and the Job Market - Useful publications on the academic job market from the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services.

The Thesis Whisperer - Your Career - Career advice and resources from the Thesis Whisperer.

EURAXESS Researchers in Motion - A pan-European initiative providing access to a complete range of information and support services to researchers wishing to pursue their research careers in Europe or stay connected to it.

Vitae - Researcher Career Stories - More than 150 inspiring and insightful stories of what researchers did next.

Beyond the PhD - A career resource for Arts and Humanities PhD researchers, featuring interviews with a range of graduates.


Call for Papers: Gender, Child and Nation on Film: A Postgraduate Symposium

Childhood and Nation in World Cinema: Borders and Encounters Since 1980 - Logo

A postgraduate event organised by the Leverhulme network: ‘Childhood and Nation in World Cinema: Borders and Encounters Since 1980’

McCrum Lecture Theatre, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, 2nd November 2015

This day conference will explore filmic representations of girlhoods, of boyhoods, of transgender childhoods, of queer childhoods, considering how imaging of diverse gender identities intersects with questions of national and transnational identity. Both documentary and feature film will be encompassed, commercial and independent cinema. There will also be focus on home movies, found footage films, essay films, films by children, coming of age films, autobiographical films, experimental and avant-garde films. Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood (2014) and Richard Linklater’s Boyhood (2014) will offer further points of reference and discussion. Overall, cinema’s investment in or disruption of coherent and explanatory narratives of growing up will be the point of focus.

Keynote speakers: Michael Lawrence (University of Sussex), Sophie Mayer (QMUL)

Invited filmmaker: Alina Marazzi

Submissions: The organisers invite proposals (up to 200 words) for 15 minute presentations. It is envisaged that these will include a film clip of up to five minutes followed by analysis. For further details please contact Emma Wilson ( ).

Proposals should be sent to by 30th June 2015.

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