SASS Research students Society

Professional development & networking society for Arts and Social Science students at City University London


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“Use the Media!” A Workshop for Researchers

Part of SASS’ aim is to not only build a sense of student community, but also for us to share ideas and advice about doing PhD research. And, of course, to have a little fun whilst we’re at it and a break from the seriousness and intensity of academic work!

On Dec 2nd, we held a workshop on how to use the media as a researcher to publicise your research, and it certainly delivered on all fronts. With our workshop leader Holly Powell-Jones – a journalist, fellow PhD researcher and self-confessed Twitter addict – we came up with some compelling reasons to use both social and traditional media, and ideas about how we can engage the media/the public with our work.

We also had some fascinating insights from a media “insider” on what makes something newsworthy and how news stories are designed to appeal to our emotions (aka the primal code)…

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….And a couple of top tips on how to navigate the minefield that is social media and Twitter as an academic.

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All enjoyed over a glass (or a few) of mulled wine.

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Thanks Holly, for inspiring us to “use the media!”

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Holly Powell-Jones is a qualified broadcast journalist with over 4 years experience working across radio, television, online and print news media. Her news credits include Global Radio

(Heart FM/Smooth/Gold) BBC London, Community Channel’s London 360 (broadcasting on Sky, Virgin and Freeview) UKRD (Pirate FM/Eagle Radio) and Premier Christian Radio. 

 She designs and delivers media training for schools, businesses and charities and teaches Journalism MA students at Goldsmiths University. She is also an active NUJ member and Twitter addict. (@Holly_PJ)


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Upcoming event: Organising Yourself from the Early Stages to Writing Up

The SASS Research Student Community is now starting up our round of seminars and talks for the year! Our first event focusses on the different stages of the PhD process and ways in which you can organise yourself and your work. Our speakers are at various stages of their PhD/academic career and will be sharing their experiences, tips and advice with us. The event will be held on 4th Nov, 4pm in room C143 (Tait building). Check out the events page for more details and schedule it into your diaries (don’t be disorganised!) We look forward to seeing you there 🙂


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SASS Welcome Social

For our first event of the year, we had a welcome social to meet PhD students – new and old – at the Bowler.

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The night was complete with a pub quiz testing our knowledge of City and PhD-life trivia, free drinks and plenty of non-work related conversation. We even had a furry friend join in on the festivities.

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Clara felt right at home socialising in PhD circles.

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The winning group for the pub quiz received excellent prices. An extra large mug for more, much needed caffeine.

The winning group for the pub quiz with their very useful prizes. Extra large mug = more caffeine.

It was wonderful welcoming our new students into SASS and a great night was had by all. And it won’t be the last – keep an eye on the Facebook group for more, informal events throughout the year!


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SASS is back for 2015/16

After a long summer hiatus and a change in hands, SASS is back for the new academic year! At the helm now are Sociology PhD students Nadine Zwiener, Rima Saini, Jon Eilenberg and Laura Thompson. Huge thank you to, Kate and Aysegul for all your hard work in starting this community. We promise to keep building on your efforts!

Stay tuned for news on upcoming events, updates on our student community, and links to PhD-related news and advice. Don’t forget to join our Facebook group and follow us on Twitter, if you’re not already!


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Great article on CV writing

Comes as a welcome piece in relation to our recent event on Academic Job Market & Interviews last week: Patrick Dunleavy (Professor of Political Science at the LSE and is Chair of the LSE Public Policy Group) writes about how to make your CV stand out and digitalising it with ‘clickable and open access hyperlinks’. Read it here: LSE Impact Blog


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Links on the viva

Thank you very much to everyone who came to Monday’s event on the upgrade and viva. We had a great turnout and it overall we feel it was a very productive and useful session!

Judith has kindly passed on the link to Patrick Dunleavy’s Top 10 questions for the viva exam which she mentioned in her talk. Dunleavy’s other posts may also be useful; see here. And see this link for the Guardian’s ’17 top tips for the viva.’