Doctoral School

New doctoral researchers

Wednesday 6th February 2019

We're delighted to announce our Induction Day for new doctoral researchers which will be taking place on Wednesday 6th February 2019.

Bringing together highlights from our September Induction Week, we’re holding a range of events designed to introduce you to key services for researchers, and resources and opportunities at Sussex. There will also be opportunities to hear from current Sussex doctoral researchers and to socialise with other new researchers starting their doctoral journey in 2019. 

Please click on the events below for further information and details of how to book.

10.00 - 10.30: Library tours for new researchers

New doctoral researchers are invited to join a brief tour of the Library building, including the Research Hive, a designated space within the Library for doctoral researchers and research staff.

Tour will begin from outside the Open Learning Space on the Ground Floor of the Library. There is no need to book a place.

10.30 - 12.00: Welcome exhibition - The Gardner Tower, Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts (ACCA)

All new researchers are invited to this drop-in event, 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 enjoy some coffee and cake.

Representatives from the following University services and the University of Sussex Student's Union will be available to chat to during the exhibition:

  • Doctoral School/Researcher Development Programme
  • Research Student Administration Office
  • Student Life Centre
  • Library Research Support
  • Research Hive
  • Careers and Employability Centre
  • International Student Support
  • English Language for Academic Study
  • Postgraduate Education Officer
  • Buddy Scheme, Language Cafe, and Postgraduate and PhD Cafe

Whils this is an informal drop-in event, please book a place via the link below so that we can ensure sufficient refreshments are ordered.

Book a place.

12.00 - 13.00: Introduction to the Library for doctoral researchers - Open Learning Space, Library Ground Floor

This informal induction provides an opportunity to meet with the Library's Research Support Team to ask any questions you may have about access to library materials. The session will take place in the Library's Open Learning Space (on the Ground Floor).

The session will cover:

  • How the library works - borrowing and requesting materials
  • Using Library Search effectively
  • Discovering resources in your subject area
  • What Library staff can do to support you in your research
  • The Research Hive space for researchers

Book a place.

13.00 - 15.00: Starting your doctorate (with lunch) - The Gardner Tower, Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts (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 the University, 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.

Lunch will be available at 13.00, and the session will begin at 13.30.

Book a place.

15.00 onwards: Research Hive Social - Falmer Bar

Join the Research Hive scholars for a drink on us at Falmer Bar, a stones throw from the Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts.

This event is open to both new and existing doctoral researchers, and is a chance for you to meet and get to know other researchers on campus.

Book a place. 

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

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



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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