Doctoral School

Researcher Community

There are many opportunities to become part of the wider research community beyond your School, and to meet and share experiences with other researchers. Click on the arrows below to find out more.

Doctoral School Social Events

In addition to our Researcher Development Programme  we organise a number of social events for doctoral and early career researchers, designed to bring together as many researchers as possible from across the university. These include:

  • Our October and January welcome events for new doctoral researchers
  • December festive event, where you get to know other researchers and enjoy some festive refreshments
  • And our popular summer Doctoral School BBQ, where we keep our fingers crossed that the sun will shine!

Doctoral School BBQ 2015

Doctoral School BBQ 2016

Images from the Doctoral School BBQ May 2016

Sussex Research Hive

The Research Hive, located on the second floor of the library, is a dedicated space for doctoral researchers and research staff. It contains desks and PCs for private study, and two bookable meeting rooms.

Three Research Hive Scholars support the area whilst engaging with and fostering the research community at Sussex.

Follow the Research Hive on Twitter and read their blog to find out about the latest events and when the Scholars are available.

Researcher Led Initiatives

We provide support for you to organise your own professional development events via our Researcher Led Initiative Fund.

We are keen to sponsor initiatives that benefit a broad range of researchers. Check out previous winning initiatives to gain ideas for your event.

Enhancing Research Student Experience

All doctoral researchers have the opportunity to provide feedback on their experiences at Sussex via the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey (PRES). The survey was last run in 2017, and closed on 18th May. Find out more.

Doctoral researchers are also represented on various University committees, and School research student reps usually hold these positions to communicate the views and interests of their peers.

Find out more about the Student Rep Scheme and how you can get involved.

Excursions-Journal run by doctoral researchers

Excursions is an online, interdisciplinary journal run by doctoral researchers at Sussex, and supported by the Doctoral School.

Excursions is designed to offer doctoral and early career researchers from all disciplines the opportunity to join the editorial team, and develop skills in editing, peer-review, and team working. Find out more about this opportunity at the Excursions website

Directory of Doctoral Researchers

If you have developed your Sussex Online Profile  this will appear in the Directory of doctoral researchers.

You can use this directory to make contact with other doctoral researchers at Sussex.

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.

Academia.edu 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.

 

Twitter

The Postgraduate Research Experience Survey is your chance to tell us what it's like to be a doctoral researcher… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

RT @janecr: Join us at the 1st International Conference on the Mental Health & Wellbeing of Postgraduate Researchers in Brighto… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

RT @sussexreshive: Don't forget to fill out the Postgraduate Research Experience Survey, you should have received an email with the li… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

RT @sussexreps: Did you know are current, and incoming, President and Welfare Officer have been Student Reps? Becoming a Rep is an… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…

Proofreading tactics patthomson.net/2019/04/15/pro… via @patthomson

Visit SussexDocSchool on Twitter

Doctoral School

E: doctoralschool@sussex.ac.uk
T: 00 44 (0)1273 87 7767