Share your suggestions for the Consultation on Doctoral Strategy by 30th September

The closing date to provide your thoughts and suggest actions regarding the Doctoral Strategy Action Plan is Monday 30th September

You can suggest actions via our short online form, or alternatively share your ideas with the PGR rep in your area:

Doctoral Strategy

Work has begun to develop a set of guiding principles for doctoral education at Sussex. These values have been drafted with input from members of our Doctoral Committees, including our PGR elected representatives. The principles have recently been endorsed by the University Executive Group, and we are now seeking your views on actions that could be taken, to deliver the principles.

We are seeking your suggestions and ideas on how the University can turn the principles into a strategic action plan that effectively reflects our vision and aspirations for doctoral research at Sussex. The overarching principles fall under the following groups:

  • Celebrate the nature of doctoral research at Sussex
  • Excellence and quality
  • Sussex doctoral researcher experience
  • Research integrity
  • Employability and researcher development
  • Connectivity
  • Supervision
  • Doctoral research environment
  • The Sussex Doctorate

The principles can be viewed in full online on the Doctoral School website.
If you have any questions or queries about the Doctoral Strategy, please contact Miles Willey, Head of Research Student Administration Office and Doctoral School. Alternatively, please email

PhD & Social Media Research

Are you Instagramming your way to your PhD… or have you deleted your Facebook account? Do you Whatsapp friends and family all over the world?

Louise De Azambuja Elali, a doctoral researcher from the School of Media, Film and Music, is interested in understanding how Sussex PhD students use social media and about experiences with international students. If you’d like to contribute to Louise’s research, you can fill out the survey here.


For the 2019/20 academic year, The University of Sussex Doctoral School has subscribed to the UAE online training series for PGRs. It offers research and professional skills training for PGRs in a ‘live-taught’ online format. Training sessions are delivered via a virtual classroom on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings between 7pm-9pm. 

The course consists of five modules each with a number of online sessions: 

  • Module 1: Academic Writing
  • Module 2: Qualitative Research Skills
  • Module 3: Finishing your PhD
  • Module 4: Teaching Skills
  • Module 5: Quantitative Research Skills

Please view our online resources page for further details about the series and our listings page for information about the individual seminars available throughout the Autumn term.

Sessions running between Tuesday 8th October 2019 and Tuesday 21st January 2020, will be available for booking from 7.00am on Tuesday 17th September 2019. Booking is always competitive so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment.

Follow this link for booking information. 

NOTE: The University of Sussex Doctoral School does not deal with the bookings. If you have any problems, you want to ask a question, or there is anything you don’t understand, please email