Doctoral School

New doctoral researchers

25th-28th September 2018

Traditionally, we welcome all new doctoral researchers to Sussex with a busy induction day, held in late September. This year, we’re raising the bar with a brand new Induction Week.

From 25th-28th September, we’re holding guided tours, panel discussions, and networking and social events, designed to introduce you to key services for researchers, and resources and opportunities at Sussex. Come Friday, you’ll know where to go and whom to see, whether you're looking for a library resource, a coffee, or someone to talk to. 

As well as the events below, your school will also be making their own arrangements for induction and will be in touch with you soon.

Please note: Materials and recordings (where appropriate) will be made available following Welcome Week for doctoral researchers who are unable to attend the sessions in person.

For more information about starting your doctorate see our website for new researchers. For more general information see the University's new starter pages for alll students

Tuesday 25th September

Opening a bank account with Santander- Cancelled

Please see the International Student Support banking and money webpage and the UKCISA blog for useful information.


10.00-11.30: Introduction to the Library for doctoral researchers. Library Open Learning Space. 

New researchers are invited to attend a short library induction that will introduce essential services and resources, and include a brief tour of the building and research hive space   


14.00-16.00 Doctoral Researcher welcome session and exhibition. Conference Centre Terrace Room.

All new researchers are invited to a special welcome session.

Key staff who support the doctoral research community at Sussex will be introduced and you will then invited to explore an exhibition of stands providing information and guidance on the support and opportunities available to doctoral researchers. 

Come along to collect a welcome bag, meet other new researchers from across the University, and hear short presentations from the following departments:

- Doctoral School/Researcher Development Programme

- Research Student Administration

- Student Life Centre

- Library Research Support

- Careers and Employability Centre

Presentations will last until 14.45, at which point refreshments will be served and the exhibition will open.


17.00 onwards- Doctoral and Postgrad Wine and Cheese. Northfields Bar.

Join other new doctoral and postgraduate students for an evening of wine and cheese.

Wednesday 26th September 

10.30-12.30: Starting your doctorate. Gardner Tower, ACCA.

Make a successful start to your doctorate by attending this panel discussion, developed to prepare you for the journey ahead.

The panel, which will include current doctoral researchers and Directors of Doctoral Studies from across our departments, will be chaired by the Head of Research Student Administration.

Issues such as managing your research, first-year milestones, working with your supervisor, training and development, and dealing with challenges will be discussed, and audience questions will also be taken. After the panel discussion, lunch will be served from 12.00-12.30. 



14.00-16.00: Orientation for new international doctoral researchers. Gardner Tower, ACCA.

International doctoral researchers are invited to an additional orientation session led by International Student Support.

  • 14.00-15.00: New to the UK: A quick guide

A session for international students who are new to the UK and who want to understand more about what to expect. We will share tips and advice on how to navigate the diverse culture you will experience in the UK.

  • 15.00-15.30: Ask the Research Student Panel

This is an opportunity to hear from current PGR students at Sussex including tips on support available and recommendations on how to make the most of your time here. You can also ask any questions you may have about academic and social life at Sussex.

  • 15.30-16.00: Networking and Refreshments

Meet fellow new international postgraduate research students as well as academic and support staff over tea and coffee

Friday 28th September

10.00-11.30: Introduction to the Library for doctoral researchers. Library Open Learning Space. 

New researchers are invited to attend a short library induction that will introduce essential services and resources, and include a brief tour of the building and research hive space  

10.00-12.00: Managing your wellbeing during your doctorate. Quiet Room, Meeting House.

For most researchers, doctoral study is a rewarding yet demanding experience. The unique structure of a PhD brings with it a distinctive set of challenges unlike those experience by taught students.

We'll explore the typical challenges faces by doctoral researchers at different stages doctoral study, and consider ways of navigating these and maintaining wellbeing.



13.30-16.00: Brighton Walking Tour- Starts from Brighton Train Station (by the piano)

Join student tour guides and other doctoral researchers for an interactive guided walking tour around Brighton. Find your bearings, visit the sites, and get to know other new doctoral students. The tour begins in Brighton at the Train Station, by the piano.


Worried about finding the location of your event? Download our Sussex app to your smartphone to access our interactive map. Visit Disabledgo for information about accessibility to campus buildings.





Website for new doctoral researchers

We are excited to introduce our new website to help you navigate the early days of your doctorate.

The website provides all the information you need to get started. Including video interviews from current doctoral researchers and staff, giving lots of advice on making the most of your time here.

You'll find out about supervision, networking, wellbeing, progress, training and lots more.

Explore New Doctoral Researchers at Sussex

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