Postgraduate prospectus 2009 section 4 Academic Support And Learning Resources


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Postgraduate prospectus 2009 section 4 Academic Support And Learning Resources

  1. 1. Amelia’s Academic support perspective Academic support Academic support and learning resources ‘After finishing my undergraduate degree at Sussex, x Academic support and learning resources choosing to stay on here was an easy decision. The x outstanding reputation of the researchers was a big x factor for me. This gives postgraduate students the x opportunity to be involved in cutting-edge research x with state-of-the-art equipment and resources. x ‘The University is extremely supportive of its x postgraduate students and has always provided x me x with all the encouragement and assistance I need to be successful in my research. This ranges x from social events with fellow students, to training x courses on everything from computer programs to x S ussex provides a supportive environment in which to undertake exciting, innovative and challenging taught and research degrees. public speaking and presentation skills. In fact, if you xx want training or help with improving your skills and x there isn’t currently a course on it, then just suggest x it and the University will do its best to introduce it.’ Amelia Philpott DPhil in Biochemistry As a postgraduate student at Sussex, most Doctoral School of your day-to-day contact and support will The University is proud of the academic support be provided via your department or inter- it provides to its students. We are looking disciplinary unit. to strengthen this further in 2009, with the Each postgraduate taught (PGT) student has creation of a new Doctoral School to co-ordinate a programme convenor, who may also be their and further enhance the support provided personal tutor or advisor. The Director of Taught to postgraduate research and postdoctoral Programmes is responsible for PGT students. researchers at Sussex. For postgraduate research students, your The role of the Doctoral School will include the primary source of academic support will be your organisation of skills training for PGR students, enhancing the arrangements already in place. In the short-term, the Doctoral School will main research degree supervisor. In addition, It will also have a wider role in relation to strategy provide a virtual home, looking over time to each department or interdisciplinary unit will for developing our postgraduate research provide a new physical base, enhancing the local have a person with overall responsibility for community. arrangements in departments. research degree students within that unit. As well as overseeing the quality assurance of PGR The Doctoral School is currently being put in To supplement sources of academic support and activities and monitoring and evaluation of the place. You can keep up to date with the latest advice, assistance is also available in relation to University’s activities, the School will look at the developments and news by visiting problems or queries of a more personal nature. bursaries and financial support provided to PGR. The University has specially trained Student Advisors who are available for general support There is a rich and diverse academic life at Feedback from students and guidance, and who can intervene on your Sussex in which our PGR students are fully We take feedback and comment from behalf where problems or difficulties arise. engaged. The Doctoral School looks to enable our students seriously, and have developed There are also Directors of Student Support PGR students and postdoctoral researchers a range of student surveys and evaluation to who can offer general advice, and if necessary, to feel fully integrated as members of the improve the services we provide to our PGT pursue action on your behalf. University’s wider research community. and PGR communities. Wider academic support We provide active skills development for our postgraduate research students through At Sussex we think it is vital that as a post- programmes in the arts, science and the social sciences graduate student you are actively involved and engaged in the research life of the University. Our research groups and units undertake a very active programme of seminars and research activities, which are open to all members of the Sussex community. You can find out more about the activities in the arts, science and social sciences on pages 8-13, and in individual subject entries (pages 41-170). Skills development and training The skills PGT students need are built in to the structure of our taught postgraduate programmes. Many wider programmes and activities are also available for our PGT students. See also Career development and part-time work on page 37 for career development activities. We provide active skills development for our postgraduate research (PGR) students through programmes in the arts, science and the social sciences. See pages 8-13 and 37 for an outline of the activities that support early career development. 18
  2. 2. Learning resources Teacher training Academic support Academic support and learning resources We have a variety of specialist resources, both We offer four-week courses leading to the Trinity on and off campus, to help you make the most College London Certificate in Teaching English of your research opportunities at Sussex. to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL), in addition to one-week introductory courses in For information on library services and English Language Teaching. information and technology services, see pages 21-22. General advice and details of courses are available from the Sussex Language Institute, Sussex Language Institute University of Sussex, Falmer, English as a foreign language Brighton BN1 9QN, UK If English is not your first language, you may T +44 (0)1273 678006 need to improve your language skills to meet F +44 (0)1273 678476 University entrance requirements. The Sussex E Language Institute (SLI) is accredited by the British Council and provides English language support on preparation courses before you begin The University Bookshop your studies, as well as language and study skills The University Bookshop stocks a wide selection support during your degree programme (see of academic and general interest books. International student services on pages 34-35). Experienced staff work closely with tutors to ensure that reading lists are kept up to date and SLI also offers year-round full-time pre-Masters that required books are available in good time. courses in English language and academic study skills, as well as part-time courses in Multimedia English for Academic Purposes. SLI is an official The University’s facilities include equipment for examination centre for the following Cambridge digitising visual and audio material. Examinations: First Certificate in English (FCE), Cambridge Advanced English (CAE) and ITS/Media Services Cambridge Proficiency in English (CPE) – and Media Services has a wide range of audiovisual offers part-time courses throughout the year to and digital video equipment, digital post- prepare for these examinations. production facilities and a comprehensive photography service, which are available to Modern language open courses students to enhance their work. These courses offer the opportunity to study a language on a weekly basis with other students, Disability support postgraduates, members of the University staff Sussex Regional Access Centre (SRAC) Emma’s and the community. Each meeting lasts for one SRAC provides assessments, advice and training perspective and a half hours, either in the middle of the for disabled students in relation to technological support. The Centre is easily accessible by ‘After studying at Sussex for my undergraduate x day or in the evening. Courses are offered at a degree, there was nothing I wanted to do more than x variety of levels, from beginners to advanced, in wheelchair users and those with visual stay here for my Masters and subsequent DPhil. x French, German, Italian and Spanish. Each year impairments. ‘One of the main reasons I wanted to stay at Sussex x it is usually possible to run a number of classes For more information, contact the was x because the learning resources here are so vast. in other languages such as Arabic, Mandarin SRAC Coordinator on T+44 (0)1273 678497, The Library on campus has a huge range of books for x Chinese, Czech, Japanese, Polish, Russian, or E all x subject areas, and as a postgraduate student you Classical Latin and Greek. can x borrow a large number of books at once, making Alternatively, consult the website at researching easier. x The Language Learning Centre ‘The computer facilities at Sussex – in both the x The Sussex Language Institute runs a self-access Specialist IT facilities Library and all around campus – are also great, and x Language Learning Centre, which provides self- Many computer rooms, including IT Services I x often prefer to come on to campus to work rather study materials – course books, audio and video than stay at home.’ tapes and computer software – for students Enquiries in Engineering 1, are easily accessible interested in practising a language independently. to those with reduced mobility. A number of Emma Wright The Learning Centre’s facilities include a digital adapted PCs are available at various locations MA in Art History computerised language laboratory, as well as around the campus, providing an extended self-access multimedia workstations with access range of options for students with disabilities and to the internet and satellite television in English, specific learning needs. For further information, French, German, Italian and Spanish. contact IT Services Enquiries on T+44 (0)1273 678090 or E Facilities for visually impaired students The Library has a room for use by students with impairments and special needs. It contains a colour CCTV print enlarger, which incorporates a 21-inch display unit/television, and a Kurzweil Reading Edge Scanner. The SRAC has a static CCTV for use in the Centre, a brailler, and special keyboards, mice and screens. For further information, telephone the Student Support Unit on T+44 (0)1273 877466, or E Facilities for hearing-impaired students A number of lecture theatres and seminar rooms are fitted with induction loops. SRAC has a portable loop system and a radio microphone system. 19
  3. 3. ‘The Library’s excellent – with its resources I can produce quality research.’ Lopaka Purdy, MA in Globalisation, Ethnicity and Culture
  4. 4. Library services Library services Academic support and learning resources Academic support and learning resources T he University Library is an essential resource for graduate study. It is your gateway to over 18,000 online and print journals, academic databases for research and over 800,000 volumes, and houses many special collections. The magnificent Library building stands in the Special Collections Specialist libraries on campus centre of campus and has impressive IT facilities The University holds over 60 outstanding The Keith Pavitt Library and over 1,000 reader spaces. Around 15,000 manuscript and archival collections, chiefly in the The joint library of SPRU (Science and Technology new books are added each year and the Library fields of 20th- and 21st-century literary, political Policy Research) and CENTRIM (the University provides access to over 20,000 journals in print and social history, and the history of science. of Brighton Centre for Research in Innovation or online. In addition to the extensive range of These can be consulted in the Library’s Special Management) specialises in resources for online resources and research books, the Library Collections. policy research in science, technology and holds a range of Official Publications as well as innovation. The collection includes material on materials relating to the European Community. Notable among the literary archives are manuscripts and correspondence of Virginia the economics of technical change, technology The Library participates in a number of reciprocal Woolf and Rudyard Kipling. Among archives and innovation management, science and schemes so that if the book or journal you need of interest to political and social historians are technology indicators, research evaluation, is not available either in the Library or online, you the papers of the New Statesman, Kingsley science and technology policies, environmental can visit other university and specialist research Martin, Leonard Woolf and Geoffrey Gorer and social implications of technical change, libraries to use items and, in some cases, borrow (anthropologist and colleague of Margaret policies for growth, employment and technology, publications from those libraries. An interlibrary chemical, biological and nuclear arms control, Mead). Of major relevance to social historians request service is also available. and complex product systems. is the Mass Observation Archive, founded Electronic library in 1937 and still active today in collecting The Library is a gateway to specialist research Much of the information researchers may need autobiographical material. resources, and its catalogue provides a is now available online and the electronic library As well as manuscript archives, the Library owns unique bibliographic database on science, provides an increasingly wide range of online unique collections of printed material, ranging technology and innovation policy studies. Library resources accessible to all members of the from rare early books in the Travers and Baker membership is available to SPRU students and University, on or off campus. Books Collections to an unsurpassed collection is extended to other users in the University at the The journal collections include online access to of books and contemporary pamphlets and Librarian’s discretion. For more information, visit a wide range of quality titles comprising almost posters relating to the Paris Commune of 1871. all the output from major academic publishers. See for IDS library and information services The Library also provides access to many of more information and catalogues. Through its library (BLDS – British Library the major databases available for academic We also hold the Barlow Collection of Chinese for Development Studies) and other online research, including Web of Science, Scopus and information services, the Institute of ceramics. See many more. Development Studies (IDS) is one of the world’s For more general information about the Library, leading sources of specialist information on the Using the Library please visit A web-based tutorial, InfoSuss, has been subject of development. BLDS hosts Europe’s designed to demonstrate use of the Library largest research collection on all aspects of catalogue and to help you find and evaluate economic and social change in developing information online. It also includes advice on countries, providing access to print materials referencing systems. A series of subject pages from a huge variety of sources, as well as a range on the Library’s website also guides you to of electronic resources. Specialist staff can information resources in your research area. help with enquiries about finding development information, and BLDS also offers a number The Library also offers bespoke teaching sessions on using its resources effectively, of online services, including BLDS updates. including access to, and evaluation of, online Membership is freely available to Sussex resources, and also provides the e-learning postgraduate students. For more information, course Information Skills, accessible via Study visit Direct. Go to Teaching sessions on using the Library’s Special services for information about other IDS Collections are also available. Knowledge Services, including both broad-based services, such as the development gateway ELDIS, and specialist services such as BRIDGE Barlow Collection: white porcelain figure of the (gender) and Livelihoods Connect. Bodhisattva Avalokitesvara, Guanyin, Qing dynasty, 18th century AD, Dehua kilns, Fujian province 21
  5. 5. Information and IT Services Academic support and learning resources Technology Services Academic support and learning resources I nformation technology will be an important part of your postgraduate studies at Sussex, and IT Services (ITS) is on hand to provide the facilities you will need to help make your time at Sussex a success. Computers at Sussex Before starting your programme you are All students have access to PCs in computer encouraged to use Sussex Direct to complete rooms located across the campus. They all online registration. have the same customised desktop with a full Many of our tutors use Study Direct to Microsoft Office suite plus email and internet disseminate learning materials over the web access. You can print and use your personal file and engage you in online activities, enabling you storage from all of these PCs. to participate interactively in your studies even In addition we provide specialist software and when you are away from campus. a small number of iMac computers. There are The University email service offers secure storage a number of adapted PCs for students with for important email communications. We disabilities and special learning needs. provide a range of software for email access We encourage you to bring your own computer, and virus protection, which is available on all ideally a laptop, so that you can make use of our ITS computers, and for installation on your own extensive wireless network. By taking advantage computer. There is a web mail facility so that you of the big investment Sussex is making in online can easily access your Sussex email when you learning and online information and support, are off campus. you will be able to prepare your work where and Help and advice when you choose. If you live on campus, you can Our staff offer help and support via the web, by use your own computer to access the residential email, over the telephone and in person. There network, which provides internet access to is also an extensive range of IT skills training student bedrooms. courses including the opportunity to attend an Online resources induction to explain all the IT facilities that are specific to the University. The ITS infrastructure provides quick, reliable access to resources such as the Library You will also be given a Welcome CD, which catalogue and online journals. In addition, the includes vital ITS support information, a University offers a fast, powerful link to the Welcome booklet and a variety of software for internet to facilitate your research. you to install on your own computer. Sussex Direct provides secure access to personal For more details about ITS, see our webpage at information. Postgraduates on taught degree programmes can view course information such as timetables and reading lists. Further information For more information on the computing facilities available at Sussex go to 22
  6. 6. ‘I really feel part of a research community.’ Sophie Ainsworth, DPhil in Cartilage Development