Spring RDP workshops launched – book now!

Logo for the Doctoral School's Researcher Development Programme.

The January and February Researcher Development workshops are now open for bookings, and March and April sessions will be added over the next few weeks.

The Researcher Development Programme provides year-round training and development opportunities to help you successfully complete your doctorate and prepare for your future. To view the full list of timetabled sessions, and to book a place, see the scheduled listings on our website or search under training courses on Sussex Direct.

Please be mindful of the training you need at this point in your studies – workshops are repeated two or three times a year, so there’s no need to book everything! Discuss your training needs with your supervisor, and email researcher-development@sussex.ac.uk if you have any questions.

Coming up soon:

Scientific writing: structure, language and style (ONLINE)
Friday 20 January, 10.00 – 13.00
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This workshop covers how to structure an original research paper, designing and planning your article, how to articulate your argument, what to highlight, good practice and what to avoid. The session will cover language, style and tone, using selected examples from the existing literature.

Planning, structuring and writing your thesis in the Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences (CAMPUS)
Monday 23 January, 10.00 – 13.00
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With essential advice and guidance on writing a thesis in the Arts & Humanities or Social Sciences, this practical workshop is suitable for doctoral researchers who are about to start writing as well as those who have already begun. The emphasis is on planning and structuring your thesis, and motivating yourself to start writing.

Bringing creativity, reflexivity and ‘voice’ into your academic writing (CAMPUS)
Tuesday 24 January, 14.00 – 17.00
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This three-hour academic writing workshop is geared towards any doctoral researcher who is actively engaged in writing at any stage of their studies. The key aim of the workshop is to discuss and pilot ways of bringing greater creativity and reflexivity into your writing.

Introduction to ethics (CAMPUS)
Wednesday 25 January, 11.00 – 12.00
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Join Lauren Shukru and Tim Parkinson from the university’s ethics team for a brief introduction to the ethics review process and how to start thinking ethically about your research from the outset. There will be a short presentation after which we encourage you to ask questions relating to ethics and your research.

Research Hive Welcome Event – Pub Quiz
Thursday 26 January, 17.30 – 20.00
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The Research Hive is planning a Pub Quiz Welcome event at the Meeting House on the 26th of January from 5:30pm to 8pm! Come, have fun and meet other PhD Researchers. We are encouraging all PhD Researchers at Sussex, new and old, to come and join us for a fun evening full of laughter, free drinks and prizes for the winners!

Introduction to the Library for Doctoral Researchers (ONLINE)
Friday 27 January, 11.00 – 12.00
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This workshop will introduce you to Library collections and discovery tools. With useful guidance from the Library Research Support Team, this workshop will highlight key Library research resources and services.

How to edit your own academic writing (CAMPUS)
Tuesday 31 January, 14.00 – 17.00
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Are you close to a draft of your thesis chapter, article or book contribution? Are you disheartened to feel it resembles a baggy monster that needs taming? If so, come along to this workshop. Through self and group reflective tasks and suggested techniques, you will come away with more ideas for getting your writing into shape.

Improve your literature searching skills (CAMPUS)
Wednesday 01 February, 10.00 – 11.30
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Literature searching is an essential part of doctoral research. This workshop explores how to effectively apply search strategies and techniques to online databases in order to find the most relevant literature to support your research.

Becoming a doctoral researcher: Skills, strategies and support (CAMPUS)
Thursday 02 February, 10.00 – 13.00
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Pursuing a PhD isn’t just about knowledge – you need to manage yourself, too. Make a successful start to your doctorate with this practical workshop designed to prepare you for the journey ahead. You’ll get the opportunity to meet researchers from across the University and will gain an insight into the necessary skills to thrive during your PhD.

Figures, images and visualising information (ONLINE)
Thursday 02 February, 14.15 – 17.00
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This workshop is designed to introduce participants to various types of visual formats including standard graphs, information visualisations and graphics for publication. The course will provide an overview of information visualisation and further resources for participants to explore in their own time.

Undertaking a Literature Review in the Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences (CAMPUS)
Monday 06 February, 14.00 – 17.00
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The literature review forms a substantial part of your doctoral thesis and is also an ongoing process. Through clear examples, individual exercises, and group discussion, this workshop gets you started with your review. You will also receive guidance from the Library’s Research Support team to help you with your literature searching.

How to edit your own academic writing (ONLINE)
Wednesday 08 February, 10.00 – 13.00
Book your place
Are you close to a draft of your thesis chapter, article or book contribution? Are you disheartened to feel it resembles a baggy monster that needs taming? If so, come along to this workshop. Through self and group reflective tasks and suggested techniques, you will come away with more ideas for getting your writing into shape.

Communicating your research to non-specialists (ONLINE)
Thursday 09 February, 13.30 – 15.30
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Communicating your research to non-specialists in a concise and engaging way is a premier skill for researchers: not everyone does it well, yet everyone has the capacity to do so. This webinar brings together some crucial factors for success.

Introduction to reference management software (ONLINE)
Thurdsay 09 February, 11.00 – 12.00
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This session will outline the principles behind reference managers and introduce three specific tools: Zotero, Mendeley and Endnote. The workshop will also signpost you to some self-guided training materials to enable you to set up the software of your choice.

Finding dissertations and theses for your research (ONLINE)
Tuesday 14 February, 12.00 – 13.00
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Theses & dissertations form a valuable body of work that can be really useful for your own research, & there are a range of tools available for finding these resources in your research area. This session introduces several online tools that can be used to access dissertations & theses from academic institutions within the UK and beyond.

You can browse the full list on our website, and add your name to the waiting list for any sessions that aren’t currently scheduled.

And don’t forget the UEA Online Training Series, which is open to all doctoral researchers at Sussex. Each webinar opens for bookings exactly three weeks beforehand – booking is competitive so set your alarm if there’s a session you don’t want to miss. See the UEA Training Series website to book.