Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies


Opportunities for Sussex PhD students to visit Hong Kong for research collaborations

The Chinese University of Hong Kong campus

CUHK student library

The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) is inviting applications from doctoral researchers at Sussex for its Global Scholarship Programme for Research Excellence.

The invitation builds on the growing institutional partnership between Sussex and CUHK, one of Asia’s leading universities that was ranked 76th globally in the most recent THE World University Rankings. Under an institutional Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2013, both institutions have committed to investment in international research collaboration and student mobility.

The Global Scholarship Programme aims to enhance research excellence at CUHK through strengthening the University’s ties with leading research universities and institutes around the world.

It supports PhD students to undertake short-term research attachments at CUHK, allowing them to enrich their learning experience and facilitating research collaborations between faculty members at CUHK and their international counterparts.

Full-time Sussex doctoral researchers from all disciplines are eligible to apply for the short-term placements, which must take place between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2018. Shared on-campus accommodation will be provided.

The programme guidelines and application form are available on the CUHK Office of Academic Links web page

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 5 April 2017.

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By: Victoria Shaw
Last updated: Tuesday, 31 January 2017


25 March 2011



Dr Sharon Smith

Dr Sharon Smith, who was employed by the University in 2008-09 as a postdoctoral researcher, died on 13 March following a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. Sharon was part of the Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies.

Sharon was an ordained Buddhist in Triratna (formerly Western) Buddhist Order UK, where she was named Vijayatara.

Her research report on LGBTQI Buddhisms in the UK - for the 'Queer Spiritual Spaces' project - was exemplary. It was complex and interpretive in understanding socio-cultural differences and intersectionality, showing a profound depth and range of historical and textual knowledges.

Sharon was a commensurate professional and produced work to the highest academic standard; her writing was detailed and managed to convey an immense expertise together with insight and grace.

Sharon was a very special colleague, who had a peaceful and warm presence, an unusual patience and gentle humour. She was supportive and generous, honourable and kind.

We were very fortunate to have her as part of the team, and to have her wonderful company.

Professor Sally Munt Director, Sussex Centre for Cultural Studies