Sussex Researcher School

Your Online Researcher Profile

The Sussex online researcher profile facility allows you to present yourself and your research on your department webpages. This can help raise your profile, and promote your research.

Sussex online researcher profile

The university is introducing a new research information system, Elements, which will replace online profiles and provide a single point for you to present all your scholarly and research activities.

Existing online profiles will be carried over to Elements automatically. See the Elements FAQs page for more information. 


Directory of Postgraduate Researchers (PGRs)

Once you have developed your online profile, this will appear in the Directory of Doctoral Researchers (legacy site no longer in use). You can use this directory to make contact with other PGRs at Sussex.

ORCiD for researchers

The Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCiD) is an international standard to help researchers to establish and maintain their scholarly identity. It is a unique and persistent identifier which establishes your identity as a researcher and connects you, unambiguously, to your publications, data, citations, projects and other research activities. It is managed by you and stays with you throughout your career, even if your name or institution changes.

All research students are encouraged to register for your ORCiD

ORCiD is an open, community-driven organisation. It is discipline-neutral and it is not tied to any particular platform or publisher.

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:

  • #phdchat on Twitter - This hashtag on Twitter is a useful stream to discover what other PGRs are up to. Every Wednesday night between 19:30 and 20:30 PGRs 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 postgraduate research. A few to get you started include:

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