Doctoral School

The Month Ahead: September/October 2016

Doctoral School welcome event for new doctoral researchers

The Doctoral School invites all new researchers to join us at our Welcome Event on Wednesday 28th September, 15:00 - 17:00 in the Terrace Room of the Conference Centre in Bramber House (3rd Floor).

There will be an exhibition of stands providing information and guidance on the support and opportunities available to you, as you adapt to life as a doctoral researcher. The event will open with a welcome from Professor George Kemenes (Director of Doctoral Studies), and you will have the chance to:

  • Meet key staff supporting the research community, and discover the activities, opportunities and support available for doctoral researchers
  • Collect your copy of the 2016-17 Researcher Development Programme brochure
  • Enjoy some refreshments, and get to know other new researchers from across the University

Book a place

The welcome event will be followed by a social event for research students, organised jointly between the University of Sussex Student's Union (USSU) and the Doctoral School.

From 5pm in Falmer Bar there'll be a buffet and a welcome drink (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic on offer) for all new research students.

The social will be followed by the Poetry and Pint Night in Room 76.

Come along, no need to book!


Webinar: Induction - Thursday 6th October 12.00 - 13.00

This short welcome webinar is intended for those unable to attend the Doctoral School Welcome Event for new doctoral researchers on Wednesday 28th September.

Run by the Researcher Development team, the webinar will help you to discover the range of opportunities and support available to doctoral researchers at Sussex. We’ll introduce you to the Doctoral School and Researcher Development Programme, and provide further information on:

  • Research Student Administration Office
  • Library Research Support Team
  • Sussex Research Hive
  • Student Life Centre
  • International student support
  • Student support unit
  • Research Governance & Integrity
  • Careers & Employability Centre
  • IT Research Support
  • Excursions - online interdisciplinary journal run by Sussex doctoral researchers

There will be a chance for you to ask questions, and find out more about the thriving doctoral research community at Sussex.

Book a place


Researcher Development Programme: October

Workshops and webinars coming up in October include:

  • Literature searching using Web of Science and Scopus: 6th October - fully booked, waiting list in operation
  • Webinar: An Introduction to NVivo: 11th October - spaces available
  • 10 steps to a better PhD (Dr Nathan Ryder): 12th October - spaces available
  • Webinar: Undertaking a literature review (Arts & Hums and Social Sciences): 13th October - spaces available
  • The Part-time Researcher: 15th October - spaces available
  • Keeping up to date in your subject: 17th October - fully booked, waiting list in operation
  • Postgraduate funding: considering the alternatives: 19th October - spaces available
  • Webinar: Using technology to manage your research: 20th October - spaces available
  • First steps in public engagement with The Brilliant Club: 21st October - spaces available
  • Online course: Take 5: Twitter for researchers: 24th - 28th October - spaces available
  • Introduction to Open Access publishing: 24th October - spaces available
  • Webinar: Practical tips to improve your academic writing: 27th October - spaces available
  • Preparing for your final year: 28th October - spaces available
  • Finding dissertations and theses for your research: 31st October - fully booked, waiting list in operation

Visit our webpages to book a place or add your name to a waiting list.


Researcher Development Coffee Morning - Wednesday 19th October 10.00 - 12.00

On Wednesday 19th October the Researcher Development Programme and Research Staff Office are hosting a coffee morning for doctoral researchers, postdoctoral researchers and University colleagues who are involved in supporting researchers.

We will be joined by staff from the following professional services, who will be available to answer any questions you have:

  • Researcher Development Programme
  • Research Staff Office
  • Doctoral Researcher Development Team
  • Library Research Support Team
  • Careers and Employability Centre
  • Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL)
  • Staff Development Unit
  • Academic Development and Quality Enhancement
  • Research Quality and Impact

Drop-in for free coffee and cake in Jubilee G30 and:

  • Meet other researchers from across the University
  • Find out more about the wealth of free resources available from Vitae to support your development
  • Chat to our team of researcher developers about any aspect of your career and professional development
  • Find out about the workshops, events and support available through the Researcher Development Programme and Research Staff Development Series.

No need to book!


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