Researcher Development Programme: training and workshops for Spring 2013

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Researcher Development Programme: What’s in it for me?

You’ll gain and refine skills that will help you with your research: making it easier and faster for you to conduct your research successfully. The programme consists of a range of options, and you can choose the activities that are right for you, at each stage of your research journey. Activities cater for all levels of skill and experience, from those new to doctoral research, to those with more experience.

For further details about workshops  and to book your place, see our events listing page

Or for further guidance, recommendations, or suggestions contact us at

Spring 2013 programme of workshops and development opportunities

Workshops coming up in March and April are listed below. Some workshops are fully booked, but if you’re interested it’s worth adding your name to the waiting lists as places may become available:

      • 18th March- Preparing to complete your doctorate
      • 19th March- Building your academic web presence
      • 20th March -Introduction to mendeley  – only 1 place remaining
      • 20th March- Making the most of conferences
      • 21st March- Managing your research data
      • 22nd March- Presentation delivery – *fully booked/ waiting list operating
      • 22nd March- Copyright issues in your doctoral thesis
      • 25th March- Impact and research communication- *fully booked/ waiting list
      • 26th March- Introduction to Zotero– *fully booked/ waiting list
      • 27th March Developing your Sussex online profile- *fully booked/ waiting list
      • 27th March- Editorial skills for researchers: conducting peer reviews and copy editing – *fully booked/ waiting list
      • 5th April- Advanced presentation skills (social sciences)
      • 9th April- Presenting and performing your paper
      • 10th April- Practical tips for academic writing- *fully booked/ waiting list
      • 17th April- Improving supervision and professional relationships
      • 17th April- (NEW) Covering your research costs
      • 22nd & 23rd April- Creativity in academic writing
      • 23rd April- Developing your Sussex online profile– *fully booked/ waiting list
      • 29th April- Becoming an effective researcher


Easier, faster interlibrary requests for articles and e-books

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Do you know that feeling of urgent doom when you come across just the exact article you need, but realise you have to submit an interlibrary request to get it…? And you just can’t get to campus right now to sign a copyright declaration? Yeah, that.

Well the Library have been listening. Access to place a request for an interlibrary loan or article online has been available for some time, but in the past we’ve had to make a trip to the Library in person to sign the copyright declaration before the request could be placed. No longer! The copyright declaration has now been integrated into the online request form, so you can do it all from the comfort of your home, a cafe in town, your fieldwork or archive location… anywhere with internet access. And you can have your article delivered right to your inbox.

Helen Webb (Research Support, Library) says:

quotesopenIt’s now even easier to request an Interlibrary Loan for an item you need if the Library doesn’t have it.

95% of journal articles can now be delivered direct to your desktop and we’ve saved you a trip to the Library by making the Copyright agreement a part of the online request form – no need to print and bring a separate form before you get your article.


We’re also experimenting with offering immediate access to ebooks (where possible) when you request to borrow a book that we don’t have – making our already quick service even speedier. For more information see the Interlibrary Loans page (

To order your e-article or interlibrary item:

  1. screenshot of ILR request page showing copyright declaration and delivery methodgo to
  2. select the relevant link from the right hand side of the page
  3. login with your ITS username and password
  4. complete the details of the article/item you are requesting
  5. select the delivery method – “send to my email account” is the quickest
  6. read the copyright declaration. If you agree, tick the box
  7. Click the ‘Submit’ button.
  8. Done!

University of Southampton PopFest

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21st PopFest Conference

We have ten conference bursaried for £75 each!

Applications for bursaries should be sent to in a word or PDF document. Please include your name, institution and supervisor, programme and year of study and how your research is funded(name of sponsor/self-funded). State if you wish to be consisered for a poster or oral presentation.

Deadline 1st March.

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Treasure Hunt answers (from the Festive Fayre)

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Last Wednesday at the Doctoral School’s 2012 Festive Fayre, we ran a treasure hunt. Researchers toured the stalls with their glasses of mulled wine and mince pies, collecting answer to questions about services and support for Sussex researchers. Correct entries went into a prize draw, and winners were drawn randomly by the crowd. Ten lucky winners left with prizes such a kindle, £50 and £30 vouchers for research activities, Amazon vouchers, and books donated to us by Palgrave Macmillan.

Many of you commented that the stalls and the information you gleaned were useful, so we’re publishing the full treasure hunt questions and correct answers here…

Doctoral School

Question: What’s the closing date for the next Researcher Led Initiative funding cycle?

Answer: 31st December 2012. The final cycle closing date for 2012-13 is 30th April 2013, and if you answered with either of these dates, we marked it as correct. Because it’s Christmas :)

Question: How many Doctoral Training Pathways are there at Sussex? Name three of them.

Answer: There are six Doctoral Training Pathways:

    • Understanding Behaviour
    • Innovation and Sustainability: Management and Policy
    • Global Social Transformations
    • Knowledge and Society: Well-being, Health and Communities
    • Citizenship, Justice and Security
    • Global Economic Performance

Teaching and Learning Development Unit (TLDU): Researcher Development

Question: Where can I find out about Researcher Development Events?

Answer: On the Researcher Development pages of the Doctoral School website

Question: Which resources from the Researcher Development Programme are available online?

Answer:  We are developing a series of online modules covering the following topics: technical programs and software (inc. Zotero, NVivo, LaTeX); writing skills and support (inc. writing your thesis and publishing your research); research skills (inc. writing literature review and preparing for your viva); communication and presentation skills; personal development (inc. time and project management).

Teaching and Learning Development Unit (TLDU): Teaching and Learning

Question: What’s the name of the pre-teaching course for Doctoral researchers?

Answer: Introduction to Teaching in Higher Education

Question: Which department runs the AHEA Pathway – a route to gaining Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy?

Answer: TLDU – Teaching, Learning, Development Unit.

Careers and Employability Centre

Question: How do you book an hour long one-to-one consultation with a Careers advisor?

Answer: You can email Jane Riley ( or Catherine Reynolds ( directly.

Question: How do you find information specifically for PhDs on the Careers website?

Answer: Follow the link

Sussex Centre for Language Studies (SCLS): Academic Development

Question: If you are an international student and you are feeling concerned about your use of the definite article in a paper you are writing, would it be more appropriate to seek help through a tutorial or a workshop?

Answer: tutorial, as they are one-to-one

Question: If you are an international student, how would you book a tutorial with a tutor who is a specialist in working with students for whom English is a second or other language?

Answer: via the Study Direct site:

Excursions journal

Question: How can I get involved in Excursions?

Answer: By signing up on the website to become an Associate Editor for peer-reviewing and copyediting submissions

Question: Does Excursions have any events planned for 2013?

Answer: Yes, Excursions will have a launch party for its next issue in February, and is planning an interdisciplinary event on the theme of purity in June.

Library: Research Support

Question: How many Sussex doctoral theses are on Sussex Research Online (SRO)?

Answer: It changes, but at the time the treasure hunt was active, there were 541. We accepted any answers that were in the ballpark of this number :)

Question: What is the name of the new purpose-built home for Special Collections?

Answer: The Keep

Research Hive Scholars

Question: What series of writing events are the Hive scholars running this year and when is the date of the next event?

Answer: Shut Up and Write! Tuesday 15th January, 3.00pm

Question: What Hive event is taking place on the 30th January?

Answer: SAGE publishing talk.

IT Services: Research Support Team

Question: How does someone contact ITS for Research Support?

Answer: Email

Question: IT Services run a ‘Introduction to Managing your Citations’ course for staff and researches. Which software package is used for that course?

Answer: EndNote. Check out ITS training pages to book yourself a place on this and other courses.

Student Life Centre

Question: What are the Student Life Centre top tips for successful research students?

Answer: Seek out a support network – use it, and allow it to develop. Aim for good work life balance. Work in the knowledge that progress is incremental but with the big picture in mind.

Question: What should students do they feel things are getting on top of them and going in the wrong direction?

Answer: Talk about it.

Sussex Research Staff Association

Question: How much is the prize for the RSA draw?

Answer: £25

Question: Which members of the Research Committee are here today?

Answer:Anna Good & Fran Meeten


Question: What does RDF stand for?

Answer:Researcher Development Framework

Question: According to the report ‘What Do Researchers Do?’ what percentage of doctoral graduates were working in Higher Education three years after their graduation?


RLI Winners stand

Khalid’s Question: What is the “Bussy monologues” based on?

Answer: “The vagina monologues”. This information wasn’t readily available at the start of the afternoon, so we didn’t include it in the marking of the answers :)

Education & Social Work: new Twitter chat #eswphd Wednesdays 20:00

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An update on #eswphd from Denise Turner…

ESW’s new ‘Twitter’ chat (Weds eve 8 -9 #eswphd) is going from strength to strength. We are now followed by several academics outside Sussex, as well as Social Work Film and Television – and Professor Harry Ferguson has agreed to be an upcoming ‘Guest Tweeter’ in the New Year.

This Wednesday (12th) Brian Hudson Head of ESW has agreed to ‘Guest’ on why he finds social media so useful in academia.

Brian Hudson @brianghudson

I am looking forward to my Twitter session with ESW doctoral students #eswphd
@DeniseT01 tomorrow evening between 8 and 8:30 pm local time

All welcome to join in – As Amanda Taylor (Senior Lecturer in Social Work at University of Central Lancashire + a follower) said ‘It’s too good not to!’

If you’d like to suggest a ‘Guest Tweeter’ or need a guide to joining ‘Twitter’ do email me. Also feel free to suggest topics for future discussion and to post interesting links etc directly to #eswphd….there are some there already so have a look!

Hope you will join us this evening.

Denise Turner (Social Work)

Don’t forget, Denise has devised a handy guide to setting up a Twitter account and joining in with the ‘chat’. For further information, contact Denise by email:

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Education & Social Work: new Twitter chat #eswphd Wednesdays 20:00

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You may already have come across #phdchat on Twitter – a hashtag that enables doctoral researchers from around the globe to connect with eachother, and a live synchronous chat every Wednesday evening between 19:00 and 20:00.

Now, the School of Education and Social Work are setting up their own hashtag and have organised a weekly synchronous chat to take place every Wednesday from 20:00. #eswphd will connect ESW researchers, many of whom are conducting their research part time or at a distance. Other doctoral researchers with an interest in Education or Social Work will be made very welcome!

Chats will revolve around specific topics, with invited ‘guest tweeters’ – starting with Brian Hudson, the new Head of School of Education and Social Work this Wednesday 12th December.

Twitter birdieATTENTION ALL PHD Students IN ESW!!

Would you like to get to know your fellow students better?

Then come and be part of our exciting new ‘Twitter’ Chat…every weds evening between 8 – 9 Starting on 28th Nov….‘live Tweeting’ on subjects of interest to all of us….

Find us at #eswphd

Denise Turner has devised a handy guide to setting up a Twitter account and joining in with the ‘chat’. For further information, contact Denise by email:

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Media Training (Monday) and Mendeley workshop (next Friday): book now

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Introduction to Mendeley (bibliographic and research management application) – Friday 7th December; 14:00 – 15:50


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A new workshop in response to popular requests from Sussex researchers. Mendeley, is more than a reference manager, and it’s free, putting it ahead of the game of paid-for rivals like EndNote. It can run in-browser and has a stand-alone application too. All your data can be synced between devices over the internet. Book your place.


Media skills training for researchers (for postdocs, research fellows, and doctoral researchers who have experience of presenting their research) – Monday 3rd December; 09:15 – 17:15


Images from Flickr, from left by Professor Rogers, vfr800guy, Sean dveilinger

Gain media interest in your research, present your work to non-academic audiences. Find out what the media want, how identify and present ‘media friendly’ elements of your research, formulate key messages and handle difficult questions in interviews. Interactive workshop culminating in an on-camera interview tailored to your research. Book your place.


Special issue of RUSTLE discusses all angles of doctoral supervision

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Reblogged: A special issue of RUSTLE (Really Usefull Stuff on Teaching, Learning Etc) puts the focus on Doctoral Supervision. RUSTLE is published by the Teaching and Learning Development Unit at Sussex. Check out the blog and the posts…

Special Issue: Doctoral research supervision.

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The previous 4 posts make up a special issue of RUSTLE on the topic of doctoral supervision. A paper version will be circulated soon and we hope that this will raise the profile of this important aspect of teaching and learning at Sussex.

The posts focus on the role of the Doctoral School; group peer support for writing up research; supervising teams in the lab; and the range of training and support available to supervisors.

If you would like to contribute to the discussion on any of these topics or another aspect of research supervision please add a comment on one of the posts on the RUSTLE blog.

Get more space with Dropbox by using your Uni email address

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Brrrrrrr. Winter has arrived, turning all the sogginess crispy and bringing clear skies with it. Maybe some more Dropbox space will warm your cockles?

Dropbox is a free cloud storage service that integrates with most operating systems that allows you to share your documents and files and collaborate with others. Many of us already use Dropbox (certainly I can’t imagine life without it now), but if you haven’t come across it before, it’s worth checking out.

Dropbox are currently running a ‘Space Race‘ for schools and universities. For each registration made with a Uni email address, points are added to the institution’s total (Sussex currently stands at 741 points). When the institution reaches certain milestones of points, all those that registered with that Uni’s email address are rewarded with increased storage space for three years. Sussex has passed the 3GB stage, and we’re now just 261 points away from earning ourselves 8GB of space. You can also earn extra points by referring friends.

So, if you’re going to sign up with Dropbox, remember to use your Sussex email address. And if you’ve already signed up? You can add and verify your Sussex email to still get the points (and the space). Awesome. Full details here:

I’ve never heard of Dropbox, how does it work?

Dropbox creates a folder on your device (PC, Mac, phone, tablet, whatever), and you simply use that folder to store the documents and files you want available to you across the internet. Install Dropbox on another device, and it will copy all your Dropbox files and folder structure onto that device too. Update a file on one device, and next time you connect to the internet on your other device, it automatically updates the contents of the Dropbbox to the most up-to-date files.

Handily, Dropbox also keeps a record of deleted files. I say handily, because I recently had cause to use this wonderful functionality [1]. You can also mark a folder in your Dropbox file structure as ‘shared’ – and share it with as many or as few people you like (though they must also have Dropbox installed for this to work). This makes for a handy tool for collaborating with other researchers, or sharing data and resources. When you are added to a shared folder, the folder appears inside your Dropbox, and syncs to your devices automatically.

[1] I was working on some files on my laptop, and my other half was busy on our other computer. Dropbox was active on both, and as I was updating files, the other computer was notifying his loveliness on each file update. Being a tad techno-impaired, he hit the ‘delete’ key every time he saw a notification (rather than say, the spacebar, or the return key). It made the notification go away… but it also deleted the file from Dropbox. Which then synchronised across my other devices. Luckily I spotted it and was able to use Dropbox’s ‘Show deleted files’ function on the website – and thankfully I was able to resurrect all my hard work.

Shut up and write (for doctoral researchers)

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Edit [10 April 2013]: new date added: Tuesday 14May, 15:00, Library Cafe

The Research Hive Scholars invite Sussex doctoral researchers to the first Shut Up and Write! session – 13 November at 2.30pm in the Library café.

Shut Up and Write! is a novel way to combat the many distractions and excuses that prevent you from getting your writing done. Meet in the Library café for a FREE coffee or tea and we’ll get chatting and writing!

Bring your laptop along or paper / pen; if you would like to hire an ITS laptop, email us in advance at

We look forward to seeing you there!

There are just two rules: shut up, and write. That means no editing, no re-drafting, no distractions, no email, no social networking, no admin, no chatting, no looking something up. Just type as if your life depends on it!

Shut Up and Write events will take place on:

    • Tuesday 13th November, 2.30pm, Library café
    • Tuesday 11th December, 2.30pm, Library café
    • Tuesday 15th January, 2.30pm, Library café
    • Tuesday 12th February, 2.30pm, Library café
    • Tuesday 12th March, 2.30pm, Library café
    • Tuesday 9th April, 2.30pm, Library café

Find out more about Shut up and Write! on the Research Hive blog