The Doctoral School would like to extend a warm welcome to all new researchers beginning their doctorate at Sussex this Autumn, and to later-stage doctoral researchers returning to their research after the Summer vacation.


We hope that new researchers will take advantage of the many opportunities available to get involved in the diverse doctoral community at Sussex. There will be lots of opportunities to find out more, and meet other new researchers during Welcome Week for New Researchers.

Some welcome week events are now fully booked, but we’ll be making sure materials are made available online for doctoral researchers who aren’t able to attend.

Spaces are still available for the following Welcome Week events

Doctoral researcher welcome session and exhibition

Tuesday 25th September (14.00 – 16.00)

A special welcome session for all new doctoral researchers. Hear from key staff supporting the doctoral research community at Sussex and explore an exhibition of stands providing information and guidance on the support and opportunities available to doctoral researchers. Book a place

Doctoral and Postgrad Wine and Cheese

Tuesday 25th September (17.00 onwards)

Join other new doctoral and postgraduate students for an evening of wine and cheese. Book a ticket

Orientation for new international doctoral researchers

Wednesday 26th September (14.00 – 16.00)

An additional session led by International Student Support for international students who are new to the UK. Book a place

Brighton Walking Tour

Friday 28th September (13.30 – 16.00)

Join student tour guides and other doctoral researchers for an interactive guided walking tour around Brighton. Book a place

Introduction to the Library for doctoral researchers

Tuesday 25th and Friday 28th September (10.00 – 11.30) in the Library Open Learning Space

Short library inductions introducing essential services and resources, and a brief tour of the Library building and Research Hive space. Booking not required

If you haven’t already done so, we hope you’ll also take some time to explore our website for new doctoral researchers, which contains information and guidance to help you make the most of your time at Sussex. At this early stage, particular areas of the website which may be of interest include our advice for developing a healthy relationship with your supervisor, thinking about your training and development, building a network and looking after your wellbeing.

We also hope to see you soon at one of our Researcher Development Programme workshops, designed to help you develop your skills as a researcher, and providing opportunities for you to meet other doctoral researchers at Sussex. You can find details of some of the events coming up in October below.

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.

We hope you have a fulfilling and successful year,

With best wishes,
The Doctoral School