Launch event, December 09

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The Doctoral School had a launch event on December 2nd, 2009.  Although officially in existence since September 09, we wanted to open the school to Sussex researchers in an informal atmosphere, and have them come see what we’re here to do, what training is on offer, and how we could benefit them.  All researchers were invited: junior research associates, doctoral researchers, research staff, doctoral supervisors, and key school staff, such as the Directors of Doctoral Studies.

Guests enjoy networking at the Doctoral School launch event

On the night, 125 researchers joined us in celebrating the launch of the Doctoral School, gave us great feedback on what we can do for them, and took part in a team quiz.  Teams were randomly allocated, providing a great opportunity for researchers to broaden their networks and chat to others they may not otherwise meet.

Guests provide feedback on future Doctoral School events

We used an audience response system called Turning Point to get feedback on what our reserachers would like to see at future Doctoral School events.  The system integrates with PowerPoint and provides live statistics, aggregating responses from hand-held ‘clickers’.  The Teaching and Learning Development Unit (TLDU) has around 250 of these clickers available to loan to Sussex staff, and provides training in using the personal response system.  Incidently, two of our clickers went AWOL on the night – if you find one, please return it to us – we’d be very glad to have it back, as replacements are not cheap!

Hand-held personal response system ('clickers')

So what did Sussex Researchers want?  Results of the interactive feedback excercise will be published in the next post.

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