A very warm welcome to all new researchers beginning their doctorate at Sussex this Autumn, and to those of you returning after the Summer break!

If you’re a new researcher, we hope that over the next few years you’ll explore and take advantage of the many opportunities to get involved in the vibrant doctoral community here at Sussex.

But in these early days of your doctorate you’ll want to spend some time finding your feet – both at Sussex and as a researcher.

Many of you joined us at our Doctoral School Welcome Event on Wednesday 27th September, and perhaps enjoyed the ‘pub-style’ talks from current doctoral researchers at the PubhD social event which followed.

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Doctoral School Welcome Event – Mandela Hall

You may also have already discovered our website for new doctoral researchers, but if not please take a minute to have a look. This useful resource provides all the information and guidance you need to get started, and includes video interviews from current doctoral researchers and staff, offering lots of advice on making the most of your time here.

For researchers who are entering their second year or beyond we’re confident you’ll find the website useful too – whether it’s listening to the wellbeing tips of other researchers, watching a webinar recording, or finding out more about some of the Doctoral School’s events.

Finally, we hope to see you soon at one of our Researcher Development Programme workshops. These workshops provide great opportunities for you to not only develop your skills as a researcher, but to network with other doctoral students at a similar stage from across the University. 97% of our workshop participants would recommend our programme to other researchers. We’re pleased to announce a number of new workshops for 2017-18, including Navigating your PhD for Medical and Life Sciences, Boost your resilience and manage stress in the research environment, and Working with your supervisor, to name just a few. Visit the website for further details of all of the events available through the Researcher Development Programme or jump straight to our list of Autumn term workshops.

Wishing you a happy and productive new (academic) year!