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Vitae national researcher events (free): March

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Vitae is running three national events for researchers in March 2010:

For both postgraduate researchers and research staff: Digital researcher, 15 March 2010, London

The British Library and Vitae are running this one-day event exploring the use of Web 2.0 in research, networks and building researchers own profiles. For more information and to book a place visit

For research staff: Advancing in academia, 29 March 2010, Manchester

This interactive one-day event provides research staff with the opportunity to explore and develop some of the skills, knowledge, experience and attributes required to advance an academic career. For more information and to book a place visit

For postgraduate researchers: Careers in focus, 30 March 2010, Manchester

Following the success of our previous Careers in academia events, Vitae is running another one-day Careers in academia event to explore what a career in the academic environment is really like. For more information and to book a place visit

Research Grant Surgery (Psychology)

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Just got this email from Prof. Rupert Brown in Psychology:

Dear colleagues (including all ‘close to finishing’ DPhils)

This is just to let you know that Sui-Mee Chan, our main contact person in the Research Grants Pre-Award Office, will be available for ‘drop in’ consultation this Thursday, 4 Feb, 15.00 -16.00, in the Psychology Office.  She is happy to answer both general and specific queries about applying for research funding – the whole process from the gleam in your eye to the finally signed off application. This occasional surgery may be particularly helpful for those of you who have not submitted an application before, and this could include postdocs and DPhils thinking of trying for continuation ‘fellowship’ funding. Do please avail yourself of her time.

She is happy to field queries off the cuff. However, if any of you have a slightly more specific enquiry, it might be helpful to email it to her in advance, just so she can be sure to obtain the relevant information for you.

Her email is:



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This is the humble beginings of what I hope will become the missing portal for the Doctoral School, and therefore all researchers at the Univeristy of Sussex.  The About page will tell you some answers to the following questions.  In the rest of the blog I will try to show you the answers.

  • What and who is the Doctoral School?
  • What does the Doctoral School do?
  • What is happening at Sussex and elsewhere for researchers?
  • Where can I find more information?