Short Project Vacancy at the Doctoral School for an Associate Researcher – Apply by Friday 15th August

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Associate Researcher: Short Project Vacancy

The Doctoral School are looking for a Sussex Doctoral Researcher to help with a project to map the training available to doctoral researchers across the University, so that research students and their supervisors have a clearer idea of what is on offer at department, School and University level.

The project will last for approximately 10 weeks, and the researcher will be expected to work for 1 day per week on the project.

The successful applicant will be a computer literate Sussex doctoral researcher (currently registered for a PhD, ESW, EdD) with good communication, research and writing skills. Some experience of web development work would be advantageous.

For further details on the post and how to apply see the Careers & Employability website.

The deadline for applications is Friday 15th August 2014.



Apply to be a Sussex Research Hive Scholar! Deadline for Applications: Sunday 8th June

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SAGE Research Hive Scholarships 2014-15

The Library and Doctoral School are now recruiting for next year’s Hive Scholar roles. There are three, ten-month Scholarships with an attached bursary of £3250, and the deadline for applications is Sunday 8th June 2014.

The Library’s Research Hive is a space dedicated for use by the research community at Sussex, open exclusively to doctoral researchers and academic staff. The Library, in partnership with the Doctoral School, is offering three SAGE Research Hive Scholarships to support the Research Hive and the needs of the research community at Sussex. Each scholarship attracts a fixed bursary of £3,250 for a ten-month duration: from September 2014 to the end of June 2015.

The scholarship holders will be required to contribute on average 25 hours per month for the duration of the scholarship period to provide support for the Research Hive. These hours will be flexible and dependent on any planned events. Some of this time will be spent on-site in the Hive at times to be agreed, but the Scholars will also be expected to spend time in Schools and Departments finding out about the needs of the research community at Sussex and actively promoting the Hive. The Scholars will need to work together effectively and flexibly as a self-managing team, including regular contact by email/other social media and monthly face-to-face meetings. The role will include some evening and weekend working, with emphasis on raising awareness of the Research Hive and the benefits it has to offer; generating ideas and arranging events to support the research community; and evaluating the facility.

These scholarships will provide an ideal opportunity for doctoral researchers to develop professional skills in a number of areas including: organising events; marketing; communication; project management.  The scholarship holders will be able to improve and expand their professional research networks, and to gain valuable insight and knowledge of issues affecting researchers at all stages of their careers. There will also be an opportunity to find out more about academic publishing and develop links with SAGE.

 Click here for more information.

Researchers in Schools – Teacher Training Programme for Researchers: Apply Now!

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Researchers in Schools

Researchers in Schools (www.researchersinschools.org) is an exclusive school-based teacher training programme for researchers who want to maintain an academic profile, utilise their subject expertise and make a difference in non-selective state schools. All trainees enrolled on the programme will be given time, support and a budget to pursue academic research projects.

This two-year, salaried training programme has been designed with OFSTED-rated ‘Outstanding’ teacher training schools and research intensive universities, and will be delivered by expert practitioners. It seeks to help schools increase subject expertise, promote research and champion university access, while allowing researchers to augment their CVs and return to academia after completing the programme should they choose.

Researchers In Schools offers trainees a training scholarship of £17,000 in the first year and then full-time employment in the second year, with salaries typically beginning at £25,000 per year. Candidates who have completed a doctorate in maths, physics or engineering will also be eligible for a government supported training scholarship of £40,000 in the first year and an increased salary thereafter.

Applications are open to researchers from all subject backgrounds who will have submitted their doctoral thesis by Friday 15th August 2014. Candidates will be assessed by application form and at an assessment centre.

Early applications are strongly encouraged as assessment centres will be taking place in June.

Candidates are asked to submit an application form and CV to Dr Mary Henes at apply@researchersinschools.org.

The application forms and supporting materials can be downloaded at www.researchersinschools.org/researchers/apply.

Developing and Funding Collaborations Workshop Series: May 2014

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Developing and Funding Collaborations Workshop Series


Workshop 1: 13th May (13:00 – 17:00) – Fulton 201

Workshop 2: 20th May (13:00 – 17:00) – Fulton 114

Workshop 3: 27th May (13:00 – 17:00) – Fulton 114

To book your place, please visit the Researcher Development Webpages

This workshop series is aimed toward research students and early career researchers wishing to initiate, build, and manage collaborations to embed their research in the creative economy, and is open not just to research students/ECRs at the universities of Sussex and Brighton, but also across the CHASE consortium.

Over the course of the workshops, participants will collaboratively analyse their research output, share and discuss experiences of collaboration, examine case studies of successful collaborations, explore synchronicities with other creative practitioners and/or arts organisations, and discuss models for funding, publication and positioning of collaborative projects in the creative economy.

The idea behind this project was conceived after doctoral students and ECRs contacted the lead student with requests for training in building and managing collaborations. The workshops will provide participants with a forum for discussing the collaborative potential of their work, and a structured context for taking steps toward initiating actual collaborations with mentoring and peer support. The workshop series is therefore designed to facilitate situated exploration and results-oriented development of ideas around collaboration.

The workshops are led by facilitators who are research active, work in the creative industry (digital media, experience design, contemporary curatorial practice, film making, sound art, and arts management, including managing touring exhibitions), and have extensive experience of initiating and managing collaborative projects. They will be working with workshop participants to generate ideas and actionable strategies, and act as progress mentors over the course of the project.

About the Facilitators:

The workshops are led by facilitators who are research active, work in the creative industry (digital media, experience design, contemporary curatorial practice, film making, sound art, and arts management, including managing touring exhibitions), and have extensive experience of initiating and managing collaborative projects. They will be working with workshop participants to generate ideas and actionable strategies, and act as progress mentors over the course of the project. The facilitators are:

  • Carina Westling (The Nimbus Group): interdisciplinary project development
  • Jamie Wyld (This is Wyld Ltd): funding specialist, project management
  • Peter Annhernu (Surface Impression): curation specialist, project management
  • Amelia Wakeford (University of Sussex): research funding advice

Call for Applications to the Researcher-Led Initiative Fund: Apply by Friday 2nd May 2014

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Researcher-Led Initiative Fund

The Researcher-Led Initiative (RLI) fund has been established to fund peer-led professional development activities for researchers. We are keen to sponsor initiatives that benefit a broad range of researchers (across disciplines and career stages). You may seek funding for activities that expand, complement or build on current provision for researchers

The current call is for activities that are already in progress that you are seeking some support for and the funds must be spent by the 31st July 2014.

We are looking to support activities which:

–          Enhance the professional development of researchers

–          Can be opened up to researchers in more than one School

–          Address areas within the Vitae Researcher Development Framework

Applications to the RLI fund are invited from researchers of all career stages: doctoral researchers, research staff, and members of faculty. However, funding will not be given for travel, course or conference attendance, or staffing costs. Similarly, research projects are outside the scope of this funding stream.

We would normally expect applications to be for less than £1,000, although applications that exceed this amount will be considered.

The Doctoral School will call for applications to the RLI fund again in the Autumn Term.

Please refer to the guidance notes and application forms at: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/doctoralschool/internal/funding/rli

Get in touch with us at researcher-development@sussex.ac.uk with any queries.

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Friday 2nd May 2014.

Drop-in Sessions and Daily Mobile Device Challenges: It’s Mobile Library Week!

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With the current interest in mobile learning, the ability to access Library content through a smartphone or portable device is an essential part of the equation.  Both the Library Catalogue and the wider Library Search are optimised with mobile friendly versions, designed to be easy to use on the smaller screen without any loss of functionality.  So finding that vital journal article or  reading a chapter from an ebook, anytime, anywhere, is now a reality.  Additionally, some publishers are now providing their own apps for use with iphones or android devices for easier searching of subscribed journal content.

To promote awareness of how Library content can be accessed, from discovery to delivery, on mobile devices, the Library is hosting lunch-time drop-in sessions in the Open Learning Space all next week – Monday 31st March to Friday 4th April, 12:00 to 14:00 – inviting you to bring along your own mobile device and discover how to get the most out of the Library online resources using a smartphone or portable device.

Running alongside this, you are invited to  take part in a daily challenge on our  Mobile Device Facebook page, with a chance to win a £10 book voucher (one each day of the campaign).  Look out for the first challenge on Monday 31st March at facebook.com/sussexmobile

Further support and guidance on using mobile devices to access Library content will be available from the new LibGuide at guides.lib.sussex.ac.uk/mobile

For further details please contact: Annette Moore, Technical Services Librarian : a.moore@sussex.ac.uk or Julian Robinson Learning & Teaching Support Librarian :  j.l.robinson@sussex.ac.uk



The Researcher Development Programme Survey – Give Us Your Feedback!

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 Following on from feedback collected through the PRES (Postgraduate Research Experience Survey) last year, we are seeking to enhance your experience of the Researcher Development Programme delivered through the Doctoral School.

If would be very helpful if you could spare a couple of minutes to complete our short questionnaire at:


The feedback you provide through this survey is vital as it will guide our planning for the next academic year.

Please respond by Friday 21st March.

Thank you!

Click here to find out more about the Researcher Development Programme