Managing your Career, for Research Staff, 21st May

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Managing your Career –  Research staff

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Monday 21 May 10:00 – 16:00, Seminar room 1, Careers and Employability Centre (in the Library), run by Catherine Reynolds and Jane Riley

This is an interactive workshop for research staff in the early stages of their careers.  You can expect to explore:

  • Career aims and ambitions
  • Working in academia and outside
  • Generating different career options
  • The support available at Sussex

We will also provide one-to-one support after the workshop to help you further in your career plans. Places are limited, book yours on the Careers events page

CV and Career Exploration workshops for doctoral researchers

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Two events on the 19th October 2011 run by the Careers & Employability Centre, specifically for doctoral researchers:

10:00 to12:00  CVs for Doctoral Researchers

Find out how to produce an excellent CV for jobs or further study – we will look at different styles and approaches to help you market your skills effectively

14.30 to16.30 Career Exploration for Doctoral Researchers

Look at how to develop a succesful career as a postgraduate and to plan your next career steps

Further details and sign up at

Creative Industries and Creative Researchers, 30th September

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Vitae logoAn afternoon of networking, talks and discussions, starting with lunch and ending with a drinks reception, all at Brighton and Hove Albion’s impressive new football stadium.

Free of charge

  • Are interested in working in or with the creative sector?
  • Would you like to know more about launching your career?
  • Would you like to talk to people working in industries such as interactive media, social media, learning technology, web application development, art, design and other creative businesses? Read the rest of this entry »

Vitae events for Research Staff – Autumn 2011

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Three Research Staff events coming up: Advancing in Academia (12th September, Birmingham); Vitae Research Staff Conference (3rd November, Leeds); and Leadership in Action (21st – 25th November, Windemere)… Read the rest of this entry »

2 x SAGE Research Hive Scholarships 2011-12

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The University Library and Doctoral School are jointly offering two scholarships to support the development of the Library’s dedicated researcher area, the Sussex Research Hive. This dedicated space for research students and staff has been supported by a gift from academic and professional publisher SAGE. The SAGE Research Hive Scholarships will run from October 2011 to the end of July 2012, and attract a bursary of £3000 with no tax or National Insurance liabilities.

Researchers in the Research HiveYou will be expected to contribute on average 6 hours per week for the duration of the scholarship to support the development of the new area through a range of activities. This is an exciting opportunity to develop skills in a number of areas, including marketing and promotion, presentation, peer mentoring and event organisation, as well to expand professional networks and to gain valuable insight into issues affecting researchers at all stages of their careers.

The scholarships are open to currently-registered Sussex doctoral researchers who have completed at least one year of their doctoral degree. Full details are available in the Job and Person Specification: SAGE Hive Scholars 2011-12. Applications should take the form of a CV and supporting statement outlining how the candidate meets the selection criteria, and be sent to

The closing date for applications is Friday 9th September, and interviews will be held on Wednesday 21st September.  For an informal discussion about the scholarships, please contact Jane Harvell, Head of Academic Services ( or Helen Webb, Research Liaison Supervisor (

For more history on the Research Hive, the 2010-11 Scholars, and activities related to the Hive, take a look at our previous posts:

Sussex Research Hive opens today
Meet the Sussex Research Hive Scholars
Sussex Research Hive Seminars
How to get published
Thesis writing: Sharing experiences, challenges and top tips
Associate Tutoring – Discussion Group: 15 June
Sussex Research Hive survey (win Amazon vouchers!) & Writing open forum

Vitae academic careers events for doctoral researchers and research staff

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Review the current higher education environment

  • Meet with successful academics from a range of disciplines to hear how they advanced their academic career
  • Understand the balance required between skills, achievements and building your professional profile
  • Review where you are in your career, where you want to be and how to get there
  • Ask questions that you’ve always wanted to but weren’t sure who to ask network with fellow researchers
  • Develop an action plan to strategically manage your career.

Careers in Academia
13 September 2011, Birmingham,

for postgraduate researchers.   To book:

This event is open and free to all UK postgraduate researchers.

Advancing in Academia
12 September 2011, Birmingham,

for research staff.   To book:

This event is open and free to all UK research staff and postgraduate researchers.

CFP: International Perspectives in Art & Design: Nov 17-18, Leeds

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International Perspectives in Art & Design November 17th -18th, 2011

Translating Cultures: Internationalisation, Employability and Pedagogy

This conference will aim to create a ‘hub’ for practitioners, teachers and students who are interested in responding to contemporary issues in art and design and exchanging their perspectives in visual, verbal or written form. The conference will examine the central issue of cultural exchange asking if is it possible to work, practice and teach effectively across cultures. What are the barriers to cultural exchange and how can we overcome them? The enquiry will be structured around three main ‘themes’ which are derived from terms that continually reoccur in contemporary discourses linking global communities, the ‘creative industries’ and higher education. Participants and delegates will be invited to explore the meanings and implications of Internationalisation, Employability and Pedagogy for global art and design thinking and practice.

International Perspectives in Art & Design –Internationalisation

Case studies detailing international interventions and collaborations in art and design are welcome or, alternatively, contributions may critique or champion notions of internationalisation and may be linked to the following questions…What does it mean to be ‘internationalised’? Do art, design and media education and practices offer a means by which barriers to global communication can be transcended? In spite of the rhetoric, are we creating more fragmented, localised creative communities? What are the tensions between ‘slow’ culture and globalisation? What are the ethical issues connected with internationalisation? How can we sustain our internationalisation strategies?

International Perspectives in Art & Design –Employability

The employability strand of the conference will look to examine perspectives on the contemporary challenge of working with uncertainty in a global context. Contributions may be linked to (but should not be limited to) the following: How can an international community of art, design and media practitioners deal with and revision an uncertain future? How do artists and designers in different cultures harness unpredictability and chance? What have ‘creative industries’ got to offer resource-based, skills-based or knowledge-based economies?

International Perspectives in Art & Design –Pedagogy

It is unusual to find a forum where subject specialists who are working at different levels in the education system can meet to discuss and share good practice. The pedagogy strand of the conference aims to bring teachers of art, design and media together to share good practice and to examine the role of the visual in translating and transcending cultural difference. Central to this is the notion that visual literacy can be taught and that it can operate across cultures. Papers that endorse or critique this view are invited as are studies from lecturers and teachers teaching visual languages and associated skills at all levels. Contributions that look at projects and practices are welcome.

Academics and professionals working with, in or with a connection to, the ‘creative industries’ are invited to send proposals for presentations lasting between 1 5-20 minutes. In addition to traditional ‘academic’ papers, participants may also consider methods such as performance or video. Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words outlining the content of your presentation to the deadline for proposals is 4pm, 31st August 2011.It is anticipated that feedback will be given by late-September.

Travel bursaries to cover the cost of attendance may be available for international contributors – please indicate if you are interested in applying for a bursary.

It is anticipated that, following the conference, a volume of selected papers will be published in an LCA publication.