Welcome to Sussex! Induction events for new researchers this September

**Please note: The date of the online induction has changed to Thursday 29 September.**

If you’re starting a PhD at Sussex this month – congratulations! We’re looking forward to welcoming you at various events and helping you settle in over the next few weeks.

The whole University community is saddened at the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. The UK is entering a period of national mourning lasting until the end of Monday 19 September, following the state funeral.

Welcome Week is an important time for new students, and while plans have been amended to accommodate the Queen’s funeral on the Monday (including the option to join with others on campus), most events will go ahead. The Doctoral School’s induction is not affected; further details of changes across campus can be found on the Student Hub.

Booking is essential as we have limited capacity – see below for links to register. If there is a delay to registration and you aren’t able to log in to Sussex Direct, please contact researcher-development@sussex.ac.uk and we will add you manually.

For those of you who aren’t able to join us on campus, we’re hosting an online induction on Tuesday 27 September, and we’ll record and share the welcome talks from key staff at the welcome session next week. You’ll find plenty of resources about starting your PhD on our website for new researchers and the Throughout your research degree webpages.

Welcome to the Doctoral School
Tuesday 20 September, 10.00 – 13.00 | Student Centre (Woodland 2 & 3)
Book your place

Join us for the main event – you’ll be welcomed by the Dean of the Doctoral School and hear from key staff who support the research community at Sussex, including: 

  • Researcher Development Programme 
  • Library Research Support
  • Research Hive Scholars
  • Careers and Entrepreneurship
  • Student Centre
  • Students’ Union

Then meet other new researchers over lunch and explore an exhibition of stands providing information on the wider opportunities available, from the English Language for Academic Study team and the unions that represent PGRs to the Keep Archive and postgraduate Excursions Journal. Goodie bag included!

PhD Essentials: Starting Your Doctorate Panels
Tuesday 20 September, 14.15 – 15.45 | Student Centre, rooms tbc

Arts & Humanities Book your place
Sciences Book your place
Social Sciences Book your place
Make a successful start to your doctorate at this session developed to prepare you for the journey ahead. Hear from current PGRs and academics in your discipline and discuss issues such as managing your research, first-year milestones and working with your supervisor. If you have any questions or concerns about starting your PhD this is the place to come! 

Welcome to the Doctoral School Online Induction
Thursday 29 September, 10.30-12.00 

Book your place
For those of you who can’t join us on campus, this online session offers a chance to meet with other new researchers, discuss your hopes and worries about starting a PhD and put your questions to a panel of current PGRs and academics.

PhD Essentials: Introduction to the Library
On campus: Wednesday 28 September, 15.00 – 16.00 | Library Open Learning Space
Online: Friday 30 September, 11.00 – 12.00
Book your place
One of the first things to do when you start your PhD is get to know your friendly local librarian! Find out about the resources and collections you can access at Sussex, the tailored support available during your PhD, and the Hive study space that’s exclusive to researchers.

PhD Essentials: International Researchers Lunch
Monday 3 October, 11.30-12.30 | The Quiet Room, Meeting House
Book your place
Whether you’re new to the UK or continuing your studies, this informal event is a chance to meet other international PhD researchers over lunch in one of the most iconic buildings on campus. We’ll be joined by an international student advisor and the Students’ Union’s international students officer. 

Research Hive Scholars Social
Details to follow
Meet other researchers and get to know the Hive Scholars, three PGRs who organise events and support the doctoral community at Sussex.