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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 Events

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

  • Our September, February and May welcome events for new doctoral researchers
  • Our December festive event, where you get to know other researchers and enjoy some festive refreshments
  • The Festival of Doctoral Research each June celebrates and showcases doctoral research
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 @SussexResHive 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 and public engagement 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 2021.

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 Sussex 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.

Elements Profiles and Directory of Doctoral Researchers

Elements has replaced the Sussex Online Profile platform. It's worthwhile updating your Elements profile regularly, and making your profile public, so other researchers can find you. See the Library's Elements guidance to get started. 

Elements is a good way to make contact with other doctoral researchers at Sussex. Type keywords into the searchbox at Some profiles also still appear in the Directory of doctoral researchers.

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 Elements 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 some still appear 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.


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