Sussex Researcher School

The Month Ahead

Events and initiatives coming up in the month ahead

Researcher Development Programme: March

Workshops coming up in March include:

13th - Brilliant Club Information Event - teaching opportunity
13th- Introduction to Statistical Analyses Using R- full/waiting list
16th- The thesis, viva and beyond- for arts/hums doctoral researchers
16th-Undertaking a literature review in the sciences
17th-Introduction to Open Access publishing- limited spaces
23rd- Practical tips to improve your academic writing
23rd- Effective researcher- half day
24th- Managing your research data- limited spaces
25th- Building your academic web presence
26th- Exploring ethical issues in your research
30th- Exploring academic writing- limited spaces
30th - Preparing for your viva in the sciences

Career Development for Doctoral Researchers

Our Careers and Employability Centre are running two tailored sessions for doctoral researchers this month:

12th March- Career development for doctoral researchers
17th March- CVs for doctoral researchers

You can book your place via the CEC website 

Doctoral researchers can also arrange a one to one career advice consultation by contacting A consultation can be very useful for help with your job search, researching a career that is right for you, and for advice on CVs, applications and job interviews.

Research Hive Seminars- 12th March & 26th March

Two more interesting and topical Hive Seminar coming up this month, focusing on ‘Book Sprints and Big Data: new methods of collaborative research in humanities’ on 12th March; and ‘Moving towards an Open Access future’ on the 26th- Find out more.

Protecting your Tier 4 status- 12th March

Joanne Chee and James Gordon, International Student Advisors are holding a talk for all doctoral researchers who are Tier 4 visa holders on the 12th March. The talk will cover:

  • Understanding your and the University’s Tier 4 obligations & conditions
  • Correcting visa mistakes
  • Intermission and the implications of this on your visa
  • Working during your studies
  • Doctoral Extension Scheme
  • Post study employment routes
  • Schengen visas and travelling to Europe

You can reserve a place for the talk by emailing

International Approaches to Support Gender Equality in Research Careers Workshop for early career researchers - Open to final year doctoral researchers

Register for this event by Thursday 12th March

The Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) in partnership with GenderInSITE is pleased to announce an interactive workshop on International Approaches to Support Gender Equality in Research Careers on 24th March 2015 (13.30 - 16.00).

The workshop is open to all postdoctoral research staff, early career academic faculty and final year doctoral researchers at the University of Sussex.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Discuss ideas and experiences relating to issues of gender equality in career progression for early career researchers.
  • Network with other Sussex researchers and international experts in Higher Education Policy and Gender Equality.
  • Influence university practice and inform research agendas relating to gender equality in research careers.

The workshop will provide opportunities to exchange ideas, experiences, concerns and good practice, and these  will be mapped using live graphic recording. Activities will include group discussions over lunch (using a World Café format), followed by a panel discussion.

A buffet lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Please note: Available places are limited and are available on a first come, first served basis, and you must register for this event by Thursday 12th March.

Nature as Commodity - Public Roundtable - 19th March

Fishery bycatch offsetting in Canada, catastrophe bonds in the US, weather derivatives in Ethiopia… What is at stake with the financialisation of nature? Where do we go from here?

On 19th March, 'Nature as Commodity' will bring together activists and academics to discuss the financialisation of nature. The roundtable is organised and supported by the Centre for Global Political Economy, STEPS centre (IDS) and as part of 'Critical Perspectives on the Financialisation of Nature - Theory, Politics and Practice' has been awarded support from the Doctoral School's Researcher-Led Initiative (RLI) Fund.

Attendance is open to all, and more information can be found at

One World Week 2015: 16th - 21st March 2015

One World Week is a joint venture between the University of Sussex and the Students' Union, designed to celebrate Sussex's international outlook and cultural diversity. Between 16th and 21st March there will be over 70 individual events and activities taking place, across five different categories:

  • Sport and leisure
  • Media and performance
  • Talks and debates
  • Information and display
  • Fun and competition 

 Find out more at You can also sign up to join the One World Week 2015 Facebook Event page or view the full programme of events.

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