PhD Study and the Suffolk Doctoral College

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Interested in joining our thriving Postgraduate Research student community here at the University of Suffolk? Please read on to find out more about us and what we can offer you.

Working closely with academics, and supported by our commended Suffolk Doctoral College, you will have an excellent experience here in Ipswich as a Postgraduate Research student and make a valued contribution to our emergent research community. We work in partnership with the University of Brighton to provide PhD courses in a range of research areas.

Through studying with us, you will have access to a comprehensive Researcher Development Programme, accessible to all University of Suffolk PhD students and early career researchers. Training will primarily be available online and will provide you with an excellent series of workshops to cover wide-ranging topics relevant to you and your PhD.

The Suffolk Doctoral College also organises a number of social and training events throughout the year, where interaction between researchers of different academic disciplines is encouraged, to foster a vibrant and supportive research community. 

Your PhD experience will benefit from our location on the Ipswich Waterfront and our continuous investment in our facilities. This includes a recently refurbished dedicated working space on the first floor of the Library Building, available exclusively to our PGR students and their supervisors as a social and working space.

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 Katie, one of our PhD students, tells us about her PhD study at the University of Suffolk.

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Our People

Professor Emma Bond

Professor Emma Bond is Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Professor of Socio-Technical Research at the University of Suffolk.

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Dr Sarah Richards

Sarah was appointed Head of the Suffolk Doctoral College in 2021. Formerly an Associate Dean for Research in the School of Social Science and Humanities.

Andreea Tocca

Andreea is Head of Research Development.

Hazel Sellers

Hazel is Suffolk Doctoral College Coordinator.

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Kerri Stevenson

Kerri is our newly appointed Postgraduate Research Academic Coordinator, working within the Suffolk Doctoral College in the Research Directorate team.