Starting your doctorate at Sussex this month? Induction events, 25 -31 January

Colourful bunting flying over Falmer House, home of the Doctoral School at Sussex

This week is Induction Week for anyone starting a PhD at Sussex this January! We’re excited to welcome you to the doctoral community with a series of events that will start you on your PhD journey.

Our induction events introduce some of the key services that support PhD researchers at Sussex, offer you a chance to meet other new PhDers and get to know the doctoral community, and provide discipline-specific advice from faculty and more experienced PGRs. 

While we are mainly planning in-person events, we know that you won’t all be on campus in the first week. We will be running an online session and provide recorded materials so you don’t miss out.


Welcome to the Doctoral School: Starting your PhD
Thursday 26th January, 10.30-12.30
Quiet Room, Meeting House
Are you starting your doctorate at Sussex this Spring? Join us for the Doctoral School welcome event and hear from the key support services around the University who will help you throughout your PhD journey. The session is designed to be an informal way to find out more about the support available and a chance to ask questions and get to know teams and peers. After hearing some short introductions, there will be a chance to chat to staff from key services around campus, over food and refreshments – as well as get a chance to get to know other new researchers.
Book your place via SussexDirect

Research Hive Welcome Event – Pub Quiz
Thursday 26th January, 17.30-20.00
Quiet Room, Meeting House
The Research Hive is planning a Pub Quiz Welcome event at the Meeting House on the 26th of January from 5:30pm to 8pm! Come, have fun and meet other PhD Researchers. We are encouraging all PhD Researchers at Sussex, new and old, to come and join us for a fun evening full of laughter, free drinks and prizes for the winners! There will be some snacks and free drinks for everyone. The Pub Quiz itself won’t be too difficult, and it will be the perfect opportunity to meet other PhD Researchers, as well as hang out with some of your friends after the Holiday break.
Book your place via Eventbrite


PhD Essentials: Starting Your Doctorate panel discussion
Monday 30th January, 13.00-14.30
Online via Zoom
Make a successful start to your doctorate with this panel discussion developed to prepare you for the journey ahead. The session will have representatives across a range of disciplines, and panellists will include current doctoral researchers and a Director of Doctoral Studies. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss your hopes and worries with other new researchers in break-out rooms, then come together to put questions to the panel. We’ll address issues such as managing your research, first-year milestones, working with your supervisor, training and development, and dealing with any challenges that come your way.
Book your place via SussexDirect

PhD Essentials: Introduction to ethics 
Wednesday 25th January, 11.00-12.00 – Freeman F22
Tuesday 14th February, 11.00-12.00 – Online via Zoom
Join Lauren Shukru and Tim Parkinson from the university’s ethics team for a brief introduction to the ethics review process and how to start thinking ethically about your research from the outset. There will be a short presentation after which we encourage you to ask questions relating to ethics and your research.
Book your place via SussexDirect

PhD Essentials: Introduction to the Library for Doctoral Researchers 
Friday 27th January, 11.00-12.00 – Online via Zoom
Tuesday 31st January, 14.00-15.00 – Open Learning Space, the Library
This workshop will introduce you to Library collections and discovery tools. With useful guidance from the Library Research Support Team, this workshop will highlight key Library research resources and services.
Book your place via SussexDirect


Next week is also Refreshers Week, organised by the Students’ Union. We have a vibrant, active union at Sussex who work for postgraduates as well as undergrads. Check out their What’s On webpages for events, including a Refreshers Fair, network meetings, society socials and Postgraduate Speed Friends on Friday 27 January.

Our new doctoral researchers webpages are designed to help you navigate your PhD journey, with resources and video interviews from current doctoral researchers and staff across campus. The site provides you with the information you need to get started, and covers supervision, networking, wellbeing, progress, training and lots more. 

There’s also a Welcome to doctoral researchers Canvas site which was created for researchers who started in September. Some of the content is aimed at students starting university for the first time, but it covers the key support services at Sussex, and will be particularly useful for anyone who is new to the university, to Brighton or to the UK.