Hugh Kearns Workshops for Doctoral Researchers – February 2014

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Wednesday 12th February 2014

Presenting Your Research with Confidence 10:00-12:30

How to Plan Your PhD 13:30 – 15:00

Hugh Kearns

The Doctoral School are delighted to announce that international public speaker, educator and researcher Hugh Kearns will be returning to the University of Sussex in February 2014 to provide two workshops for doctoral researchers. Hugh first visited the University in 2011, when he delivered a number of very popular and well-received workshops for doctoral researchers. You can find out more about Hugh and his extensive experience here:

The workshops, which have been organised as part of the Researcher Development Programme will take place on Wednesday 12th February and will provide researchers with a range of essential skills:

Presenting Your Research With Confidence is an interactive and fun workshop which will provide a clear step-by-step structure that you will be able to use again and again to give high quality presentations.

It will cover:

  • How to make your message relevant to your audience
  • How to structure and link parts of your talk
  • Preparing materials, notes, handouts, powerpoint
  • Practicing
  • Delivery
  • How to handle questions
  • Dealing with nervousness

How to Plan Your PhD will introduce you to the very specific skills and tools needed to plan a PhD. At the end of the workshop you will have your own PhD Planning Toolkit and will know how to use it to:

  • Create your big picture thesis plan
  • Unpack your thesis down into logical parts
  • Create tasks lists for each stage of your thesis
  • Estimate times and schedule tasks
  • Create a Gantt chart for your thesis
  • Keep on track as you implement your plan
  • Plan your writing
  • Manage the finances
  • Identify risks and deal with setbacks

If you would like further information or to Book A Place on one (or both!) of Hugh’s workshops, please visit:

Researcher Development Events

For more information on the Researcher Development Programme, and to find out about our other events, check out our webpages at Researcher Development Programme or contact us at


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