Doctoral School

New doctoral researchers

Our website for new researchers is designed to help you navigate the early days of your doctorate.

These pages provide all the information you need to get started, bringing together resources from the main Sussex website in addition to video interviews with Sussex doctoral researchers and staff, giving lots of advice on making the most of your time here. 







Doctoral School Induction events

Our 2020/21 induction sessions will take place online via Zoom. 

Our Autumn 2020 and January 2021 online induction sessions were recorded, meaning you can catch up or refer back to them whenever you want. The January Welcome event included a condensed version of the Starting Your Doctorate panel sessions - see the Autumn recordings for full panels by discipline. Please note - the auto captioning is variable and mistakes should be expected. If that causes you any issues please contact researcher-development@sussex.ac.uk.

 


Welcome to the Doctoral School: Starting your PhD in a Pandemic
Recorded on Tuesday 19 January 2021
A special welcome session with an introduction from the Director of the Doctoral School, talks from key staff supporting the doctoral community and a panel on starting your doctorate with Dr Sarah King (Director of Doctoral Studies, Psychology), Deepali Dmello (Business School researcher) and Will Strawson (BSMS researcher and Students' Union PGR Officer). 
Watch the recording
Slidedeck from the Welcome session
Student Life Centre presentation

Introduction to the Library
Tuesday 26 January, 11.00 - 12.00

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, and how you can access them during the pandemic.

 

Autumn 2020 induction recordings

Welcome to the Doctoral School: Starting your PhD in a Pandemic
Recorded on 22 September 2020
A special welcome session with an introduction from the Director of the Doctoral School and talks from key staff supporting the doctoral community
Watch the recording
Slidedeck from the Welcome session
Student Life Centre presentation


PhD Essentials: Starting Your Doctorate panel discussions
Recorded on 22 September 2020
Split by discipline, our panellists included current doctoral researchers and Directors of Doctoral Studies from across Sussex departments. 
Arts & Humanities - watch the recording
Sciences - watch the recording
Social Sciences - watch the recording

PhD Essentials: Tutoring, archives and peer review
Recorded on 9 December 2020
When you've got to grips with the PhD basics it's time to explore opportunities further afield. Hear about paid tutoring placements in schools with the Brilliant Club, the rich archival resources and support on offer at The Keep, and the chance to gain peer reviewing and publishing experience with Excursions, Sussex's own postgraduate journal. 
Watch the recording
Slidedeck from the tutoring, archives and peer review session


Starting your PhD during a pandemic 

Under the latest government regulations and national lockdown restrictions, the campus at Sussex is closed to all students except those studying Medicine, Teaching or Social Work, and PhD researchers who require laboratories. If you are allowed to travel to campus you will need to book a free coronavirus test first. Otherwise you will need to begin your studies online from home, and to delay your travel plans where possible (if you can do so without undue costs). 

For the latest information from the University see the Advice for doctoral researchers and supervisors webpage, and the Admissions page for those starting a PhD in January 2021, which will be updated as the situation continues to change. The Doctoral School induction events and our Researcher Development Programme workshops will be online for the spring term, and this will be kept under review in line with government advice. 

When anyone is starting a PhD, the first step is to agree with your supervisors how you will work together. This will vary according to your area of research and your personal preferences, as well as those of your supervisors. Coronavirus adds a further complication. At present, most supervision meetings will need to take place virtually (via Zoom or similar). We will keep you updated as and when these rules change. We’d encourage you to speak to your supervisors to agree on your meetings as soon as you can.

If you feel at all uncomfortable with anything relating to Covid-19 please get in touch with the Doctoral School (doctoralschool@sussex.ac.uk).

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