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Part time and distance researchers

We want to enable our part-time and distance researchers to access our programme and are working to make more of our workshop content available online. Explore the headings below to find out more:

Online Training
Our Researcher Development Programme offers a number of online modules which provide an opportunity to learn or develop key researcher skills at a time and place that suits you. Many of the workshops cover the content of our face-to-face workshops, and you can work through them at your own pace. Take a look at our online modules.

For the 2019/20 academic year The University of Sussex Doctoral School has subscribed to the UAE online training series for PGRs. It offers research and professional skills training for PGRs in a ‘live-taught’ online format. Training sessions are delivered via a virtual classroom on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings between 7pm-9pm. The course consists of five modules and numerous sessions. More information is available on our online modules page


Webinars allow you to participate in our programme online wherever you are based. Our webinars run for about one hour, and you can learn from our tutor, see the slides, access supporting materials, and engage in online discussions.

Keep an eye on our events listing for forthcoming webinars, and if there is a topic you would particularly like to see covered in this format let us know.

Online Researcher Communities

Engaging with other researchers through online forums will increase the reach of your research, and provide some helpful peer support. There are many ways to get connected with other researchers:

Sussex Online Profile - this facility provides you with a profile page on your  department webpages, where you can present yourself and your research.

The profile appears alongside other researchers in the 'People' section of your department, and on the directory of doctoral researchers.

#phdchat on Twitter - This hashtag on Twitter is a useful stream to discover what other doctoral researchers are up to. Every Wednesday night between 19:30 and 20:30 doctoral researchers from around the world connect under this hashtag. is a platform for sharing and following research. You can upload and share your papers, presentations and experiences, and connect with other researchers.

ResearchGate provides a similar platform for researchers in the sciences.

There are also a series of blogs which you can follow dedicated to the topic of doctoral research, a few to get you started include:

Sussex Research Hive - the blog produced by our Hive Scholars

The Thesis Whisperer (also includes a list of 'more like us' blogs)

The Research Whisperer

Doctoral Writing

PhD Life

Patter - Pat Thomson, Professor of Education, University of Nottingham on research education, academic writing, public engagement, funding, other eccentricities.

Researcher Wellbeing

Doctoral research can be challenging and sometimes result in stress and unhappiness affecting academic performance. Problems can arise with motivation and focus, be exacerbated by a sense of isolation, or by not knowing how to access help. See our pages on wellbeing and  sources of help and support to find out about the support services available to you.

Hear from other Part-time researchers

Visit the vitae website to watch successful part-time researchers, from a range of disciplines and career stages, discuss undertaking a doctorate on a part-time basis.

Funding for organising your own event or public engagement activity

If you're interested in organising your own professional development or public engagement initiative, perhaps with other doctoral researchers within your own or another School, you can apply to our Researcher-Led Initiative Fund.

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