Festival of Doctoral Research, 6-10 June – celebrating and showcasing PhDs at Sussex!

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The Festival of Doctoral Research returns next month (6-10 June), showcasing the incredible PhD research going on at Sussex with a mix of workshops, panels, competitions and social events.

We’re thrilled that the Three Minute Thesis Competition is back after a hiatus last year, and that we can offer in-person as well as online events after a few years of virtual-only festivals.

See the Festival website to view the daily schedule and register for events – and don’t forget to vote for your favourite Research Image and Research Poster! Online voting is open Monday 6 – Wednesday 8 June, and shortlisted entries will be exhibited at the Student Centre on Thursday 9 June.

The full programme is below but these are our highlights – register now to avoid disappointment!

The 3MT Sussex final (Thursday 9 June, 14.00-16.00) is the highlight of the Festival programme, and it’s brilliant to be able to do our participants justice and hold the event in person again, in the new Student Centre on campus. Join us to support your fellow researchers as they deliver their thesis in just three minutes, and vote for your favourite for the £250 People’s Choice award. Preceded by a networking lunch and exhibition – chat to the teams who support research across the university, and check out the research image and poster competition shortlists.

Excursions, Sussex’s interdisciplinary journal created by and for PhD researchers, will be launching their latest issue (Monday 6 June, 14.00-15.00) on the topic of ‘Home’. Home carries connotations of comfort, safety and privacy; but in these uncertain times it has taken on new meanings – mass migration, statelessness, national identity, and for some a place for work and school too. Join this year’s editors to find out how you could get involved, or get published, next year.

On Wednesday 8 June (16.00-17.30) the Doctoral School is hosting a TEDx viewing party on campus to showcase the research that’s being conducted at different stages across Sussex. Join us for video TEDx talks from Dr Melis Ulug (Psychology), Dr David Orr (Social Work), Giada Brianza (Informatics), and podcaster and presenter Claudia Hammond (a visiting professor in Psychology), and connect over drinks afterwards.

Are you keen to turn your thesis into a monograph, but don’t know where to start? Join recent Sussex graduates at the Thesis to Book Panel (Wednesday 8 June, 10.30-12.00) as they discuss their routes to publication of their doctoral work with various publishers.

A key part of any Festival is the chance to meet and socialise with other PhDers. This year the Creative Outlets team are holding a chat and craft session at the Meeting House (Tuesday 7 June, 14.00-16.00) – learn to cross stitch, or just pop in and do your own thing. On Wednesday 8th (13.00-14.00) the Hive Scholars will be leading a Wellbeing Walk around our beautiful campus, starting outside ACCA. Then pit your wits against the best the Library has to offer at their pub quiz (Wednesday 8th, 17.30-19.00), and win some excellent prizes – SU drinks voucher included.

We wind up the week with the annual end-of-year PhD barbecue (Friday 10 June, from 13.00, link to follow), on the patio outside Falmer Bar. Join us to celebrate your successes, hang out with other researchers and enjoy a free meal and a drink in the sunshine (fingers crossed for good weather!).

Festival programme page 1. see Festival website for all the details.
Festival programme page 2. see Festival website for all the details.