Help and support
for Doctoral Researchers
for Research Staff
for All Researchers
The Careers and Employability Centre provides services tailored to the needs of both doctoral researcher and research staff. See details of specific researcher services on the Careers Management page.
Psychological and Counselling Services offer confidential individual and group therapy for students, and a consultation and referral service for staff. The unit also coordinates specialist groups for anxiety management and eating problems, and a substance misuse programme. The unit also coordinates specialist groups for anxiety management and eating problems, and a substance misuse programme. Via the PCS website, you can also access the CALM Relief series of interactive assessment / relief tools, covering topics such as:
- Drink and drug wise
for Doctoral Researchers
You will be provided (at a minimum) with a ‘main’ and additional (or ‘second’) supervisor. Where you have joint supervisors, one will be designated as the ‘main’ supervisor for administrative purposes, so that you have a clear point of contact in the event of difficulties. Your ‘second’ supervisor will provide advice and support when your ‘main’ supervisor is not available. In the event of loss of a supervisor, your department and school are responsible for finding a suitable replacement, and ensuring that arrangements are in place to support you during any interim period
For academic-related issues that your supervisor may not be able to help with, in the first instance, you should always contact your school Research and Enterprise Coordinator (REC), who can deal with most queries related to your doctoral studies. Responsibility for doctoral researchers in each school rests ultimately in the hands of a Director of Doctoral Studies (DODS), and you may find yourself referred to your School’s DODS for some issues. Your school website will give contact information for your REC and DODS.
If you are unsure of how to proceed, or wish to raise any matter in confidence, then please remember you will always be welcome at the Doctoral School.
Student Life Centre
The Student Life Centre is on the ground floor at the front of Chichester 1. The student life team provide general student information, advice and guidance; general money advice; and specialist advice in relation to hardship funds, scholarships and bursaries and non-UK student-finance schemes (e.g. US loans). There is also a dedicated role for health and well-being.
Student Support Unit
The Student Support Unit is the base for the University's Disability and Learning Support services, offering advice and assistance to disabled students and those with additional learning needs. Located in Pevensey 1, the unit provides disability support; mental health support; dyslexia and learning support; Dyslexia Assessment. Reception is open from 09:00 to 17:00 from Monday to Friday.
The University of Sussex Students' Union wants to make sure that postgraduate students get the most from their university experience. Our Education Officer is involved with postgraduate student issues; you can contact Maria via email (firstname.lastname@example.org). You may find the Advice and Representation Centre helpful: it offers free, independent and confidential information, advice and support on a range of academic and non-academic issues.
Sussex Centre for Language Studies
SCLS provides academic development support for international and overseas students. See details of specific researcher services on the Help with English Language page.
for Research Staff
Susex Research Staff Association (SRSA)
The Sussex Research Staff Association aim to influence University policy and activities relevant to research staff, and to provide an informal support network to its constituent members. The SRSA is independent of the University, and the Doctoral School fully supports this initiative. Find out more about the Sussex Research Staff Association, or email email@example.com
The Staff Welfare Officer, Richard Price, is available to provide confidential advice and assistance to members of staff who may find this useful, on matters relating to employment or personal problems. Where appropriate, he may also help staff in obtaining information or assistance relating to problems outside the workplace, such as debt, legal difficulties or access to benefits. Contact Richard Price - Ext. 7712, R.A.B.Price@sussex.ac.uk, Room 4D8 JMS Building.
The Human Resources Division is made up of four departments: Personnel; Payroll and Pensions; Staff Development and Staff Welfare. HR are based in Room 338, Sussex House. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: (01273) 877769, ext. 7769
The Occupational Health service offers advice on health, safety and well-being at work. The service works to prevent work related ill health; to reduce risks to health from occupational hazards; and to promote health and safety.