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Postgraduate prospectus 2009 section 6 Student Services And Career Development


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Section 6 of the University of Sussex postgraduate prospectus 2009. Visit to view online or order a printed copy of the 2010 prospectus.

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Postgraduate prospectus 2009 section 6 Student Services And Career Development

  1. 1. Your well-being Your well-being Student services and career development Student services and career development W e have a range of welfare support facilities to help you make the most of your time at university. The University of Sussex Students’ Union also provides welfare advice and academic support, and represents its members so that postgraduates’ views are heard. Health services The Union also supports a postgraduate The Health Centre on campus provides medical association that provides for the academic, care under the National Health Service (NHS). professional and social interests of postgraduate This service is available to all students living in students. the Brighton area or living on campus, including Every year a student postgraduate officer is students from overseas who are on a full-time elected to represent graduate students at Sussex programme of six months or more, and who and promote their involvement in all aspects of register with the Centre on arrival. Other health Childcare facilities Union activities. facilities on the Sussex campus include a The University runs a crèche, taking children from dentist offering NHS treatment (telephone +44 For more information go to four months up to three years old, and a nursery, (0)1273 605555). There is also a pharmacy taking children from three to five years. Older Disability support children living on campus mostly attend nearby offering a full dispensing service and over-the- The Student Support Unit provides disability schools. counter medicines for treating minor ailments. assessments and advice, and can make special For more information about the Health Centre, arrangements for examinations and other Anyone dependent on placing children in either telephone +44 (0)1273 249049, or go to assessments. The Unit’s disability and mental the crèche or the nursery is advised to apply health advisors are the main point of contact direct to the childcare manager at an early stage. for any student with an impairment and/or who The University also runs a number of social Welfare advice and support requires additional support. events each year for families of international The University has a number of specially trained students. Student Advisors who can provide information The Learning Support Service provides a range and advice on a range of issues, including of services for students with study support For more information about the crèche, personal, academic and financial matters. needs, including those with dyslexia. For more telephone +44 (0)1273 678356, or email information, telephone +44 (0)1273 877466, Student Advice Centre or email For more information about the nursery, Staff and student officers at the Students’ Union For more information about the support we can telephone +44 (0)1273 67 8357, or email Advice Centre can also provide information and confidential advice if you experience problems offer you when you are applying to Sussex, see with funding issues, benefits, accommodation or page 173. Facilities for worship your academic work. For help and information on Psychological and Known as the Meeting House, Sussex has one student issues ranging from finances to housing, of the most versatile and beautiful university Counselling Services chaplaincy centres in the country. see The staff at the Psychological and Counselling Representing student views Services Unit provide a free and confidential The distinctive circular building, with its coloured- Students’ Union officers, who are students service to all Sussex students. glass windows, is built on two floors. The elected each year, make sure there is student kaleidoscopic chapel on the upper level is used Everyone is offered an initial 30-minute interview for worship throughout the week, with services representation throughout the University where problems and possible therapy options community so that your views can be heard. The drawing on different traditions of Christian are discussed. Issues range from academic spirituality, and chaplains spanning the range of Union has strong links with the local community difficulties to emotional, sexual, family and and media and, through the National Union denominations. The lower floor houses a social mental health concerns, as these may arise centre, which hosts lectures and meetings, and of Students, it can make representations to during the stresses of transition to, and a quiet room for when you need space to gather regional and governmental bodies. re-adjustment in, student life. your thoughts. The Union administers the student Individual and group counselling, as well as The Jewish community has two part-time representative scheme, which elects a cognitive behavioural therapy and stress chaplains and shares the use of the Meeting student from every main academic department. management, eating disorder and substance House; there is also a Jewish centre in Brighton. This scheme ensures that student views are misuse programmes, are included in the range represented. The Muslim Student Centre and mosque is of interventions offered. in Falmer House on campus (with separate See entrances for men and women). There are also for more information. two mosques in Brighton. 31
  2. 2. ‘Brighton’s such a cosmopolitan city and London’s so nearby – there’s something for everyone.’ Mohammad Jamal, MSc in International Management
  3. 3. Sohela’s International students perspective International students Student services and career development ‘I x chose to study at Sussex because the Institute at Sussex of Development Studies (IDS) offers excellent x opportunities for doing research with some of the x most talented and renowned scholars and experts x working on frontiers of development. x Student services and career development ‘As x an international student I found the application process surprisingly easy. My application was x processed and handled by the funding agency (ACU). x But x at various stages, I had to contact staff at IDS and in the Admissions Office for help with sections of x the x application form. Everybody was very patient and helpful regarding any concerns I had. x O ur campus has a truly multicultural feel, with over 2,500 international students, and teaching and research staff from 120 countries. ‘I’m x x really enjoying my life here at Sussex. The x University offers a stimulating intellectual atmosphere and supportive environment to study x in. x Sussex has a diverse international community and x cultural events organised by groups such as MEXSAS, the South Asia forum, and events x organised by the International and Study Abroad xx Office have helped me meet new friends. x ‘After I finish my degree, I plan to go back to x Bangladesh and teach gender and development x issues at the University of Dhaka. I’d also like x to x continue my work as a consultant for various development organisations, both national and x Sussex – the best place to be Talk to our former students international, on gender issues. Studying here has x Our students voted us the ‘Best Place to Be’ in Our active network of Sussex graduates spans helped me to hone my research and teaching skills, x a survey of 91 universities. Our learning support the world and includes many high-profile people to x question and critically analyse development – and expert lecturers, our safe and multicultural from academia, business, media, politics and concepts, framework and policies – and provided x opportunities for networking, all of which have x campus, and our all-round friendliness were all public service. You can get in touch with former helped me work in this area.’ highly rated (International Student Barometer, students (called Alumni Consuls) from over 50 conducted by i-Graduate, autumn 2007). countries. They will be delighted to hear from you Sohela Nazneen DPhil in Why Sussex is the right choice Development Studies Join one of the world’s top 150 Visit your local Sussex universities representative Highly placed in UK, European and world Our trained representatives work closely with us rankings, we are a leading research university. to ensure they can provide you with up-to-date Our international reputation attracts teachers information and advice on applying to Sussex. and researchers at the forefront of their fields, See page 34 for their contact details or visit and we’ve counted Nobel Prize winners and fellows of the Royal Society and British Academy Welcoming and supporting you among our staff. Feel at home in University Fulfil your potential with a Sussex accommodation scholarship Our University-managed accommodation is Helping you with the English language Our Chancellor’s International Scholarships guaranteed for international students from Pre-sessional support before your support the best in global talent, offering outside the EU for the first year of your degree – financial support to up to 40 exceptional provided you submit your application by the degree students each year. See pages 182-186 for deadline. So you don’t need to worry about You can enrol on pre-sessional English courses details. finding somewhere to live before arriving in (before the academic year starts) at our Sussex Brighton. See pages 24-25 for more information. Language Institute to help you gain the English Enjoy our green campus, just an skills required for our degrees. You can join hour from central London Come to us for help and advice courses in July, August or September – and Our beautiful parkland campus has excellent Our International and Study Abroad Office there’s no need to take another IELTS test at the transport links to London and the UK’s two can help you with any problems at university, end of the courses, only internal assessment. biggest airports – Heathrow and Gatwick. It’s also providing advice on matters such as immigration, For more information about our English language the perfect base for exploring the historic towns finance and life in the UK. We also have requirements, refer to page 174, see individual and cities on England’s beautiful south coast. dedicated international advisors for students subject entries (pages 41-170) or visit from China, Japan and South Asia. Discover Brighton, the UK’s most exciting seaside city Take part in our events Support during your degree We’re just eight minutes by train from the Our International and Study Abroad Office is here Our Sussex Language Institute also offers centre of Brighton – one of the most lively to help you make the most of your experience at in-sessional English support (after the academic and cosmopolitan cities in the UK. The city Sussex. With their support, you can learn about year starts) to help you with your degree studies. has a great beach, an outstanding choice of different cultures and experience the British Our language support and study skills workshops restaurants, cafés and bars, and every year hosts way of life. We offer an introductory programme, are free for international students. England’s largest arts festival. followed by day trips, social events, parties and opportunities to meet former Sussex students Contact our Sussex Language Find out more about us through our Alumni Host Programme. Institute Come and see us in your home The Institute is British Council accredited and Observe your faith a founder member of QuiTE (The Association country There is a Muslim Student Centre and mosque on for Quality in TESOL Education), so you can Our International Liaison Team visit schools, campus, along with our chaplaincy catering for a be sure of the quality of its teaching and support. universities and education fairs all over the range of religions (see page 31 for more For information on general, academic, IELTS world – from Shanghai to Mexico City. To find out information). In Brighton, there are two mosques, or professional English, get in touch by when we’ll be in your country, visit a Buddhist centre, Islamic centre, Jewish centre emailing or visit and Greek and Russian Orthodox churches. overseas 33
  4. 4. Sussex’s overseas representatives Ryugaku Journal Inc, Tokyo and Osaka If you live in one of the countries below, you may E International students Student services and career development like to contact our representatives who can give Si-UK Education Council, Tokyo and Osaka you advice about applying to Sussex. We have listed their head offices, but some have offices in E other cities. The full address and contact details Korea can be seen on our website at UKEO, Seoul E Bangladesh Educational Consultants, Seoul Falcon Education/UK Centre for Education E E China Libya and United Arab Emirates Aoji Enrolment Centre Dr Hasam Majdoob E E Beijing JJL Malaysia E IUACC, Kuala Lumpur Burgeon, Shanghai E E INDEX, Nilai D + LT Consultants, Harbin E E Shankar Santhiram, Kuala Lumpur EIC, offices across China E E MABECS, Kuala Lumpur GIS, Shenzhen E E JM Education Counselling Centre, Selangor Golden Arrow, offices across China E E Nigeria Iae-longre, offices across China Preparation for Life, offices across Nigeria E E Index Shanghai Counselling Office, Shanghai Delaks Educational Services, Ibadan E E UKEAS, offices across China Global Networks, Lagos E E Cyprus Oman Mr Antonis Antoniou, Nicosia Falcon Education E E East Africa (Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda) Pakistan Uniserv Falcon Education, offices across Pakistan E E Ghana Preparation for Life, offices across Pakistan Mr Kwame Osei-Bonsu, Accra E E Qatar Greece Intelligent Dedicated Partners, Doha Mrs Rhea Calogeracos, Athens E E Singapore Hong Kong TMC Education Group Hong Kong Education Web E E Educational Link Consultants (EduLink) Hong Kong Overseas Studies Centre E E India Sri Lanka Mr Kausik Mitra, offices across India Aspirations Education E E Indonesia Taiwan Erajasa Globalindo, Head Office: West Jakarta INDEX, Taipei. Taichung and Kaohsiung E E UKEAS, offices across Taiwan Iran E Dr R Karkia E Thailand Ms Waraporn Cheablaem, Bangkok Israel E Campus Studies, Ramat Efal E United Arab Emirates Japan Intelligent Dedicated Partners British Education Office, Tokyo and Osaka E E Vietnam CoEC Japan, Tokyo UKEAS – ISC, Hanoi E E 34
  5. 5. Pre-Masters for International students Student services and career development international students at Sussex Student services and career development D esigned for international students from outside the EU, our Pre-Masters programme prepares you for entry to a Masters degree at Sussex. Satisfactory completion of the Pre-Masters will guarantee your progression to our Masters degrees in International Finance, International Management, or Technology and Innovation Management. Pre-Masters Pre-Masters programme content Entry requirements Our Pre-Masters programme: The Pre-Masters is a two- or three-term • A degree in a related field (eg Business programme of academic subjects, study Studies); an undergraduate honours degree in • is based in our International Study Centre in skills and English-language courses. Which any subject (eg BA International Relations); or the heart of the Sussex campus; programme you need to take will be determined certain diplomas with high grades in a related • is taught by specialists in university by your existing level of English language (see field. preparation; Entry requirements below). • English language: IELTS 6.0 for a two-term • offers flexible start dates in September, Term 1 Pre-Masters and IELTS 5.0 for a three-term January and April; Academic Business English Skills Pre-Masters. If you require additional language • will give you the skills, knowledge and training before you start your academic Pre-Masters Skills for English 1 confidence to succeed in your Masters studies; programme, you can first join the intensive Term 2 English Language Preparation course delivered and Introduction to Economics at the International Study Centre. If you have • guarantees entry to one of three Masters an IELTS level of 4.0, you will need one term of Pre-Masters Skills for English 2 degrees, subject to satisfactory completion of English language training . If you are currently the Pre-Masters programme. Pre-Masters Skills for English 3 at IELTS 3.0 you will need at least two terms, You will be offered University-managed Quantitative Methods in Business followed by the three-term Pre-Masters. accommodation, provided you apply by the How to apply Term 3 appropriate deadline. Applications should be made through the Introduction to Business and Management 1 Who is a Pre-Masters for? International Study Centre. For more information Business and Management 2 – Operations or to apply for the Pre-Masters, contact: The Pre-Masters is designed for students from a Management and Organisational Behaviour variety of backgrounds who: Student Enrolment Advisors Business and Management 3 – Strategy 1 Billinton Way • require additional English-language training; Business and Management 4 – Case Study Brighton BN1 4LF, UK • need to enhance their academic background; T +44 (0)1273 339333 Assured progression to your degree F +44 (0)1273 339334 • need help adjusting to the UK academic Joining the Pre-Masters programme guarantees environment or are unsure about the level of you will receive a conditional offer of a place on their study skills; and/or Fees one of three Masters degrees at Sussex: • want to refresh their knowledge in finance or See pages 176-181 for information on fees. • MSc in International Finance management. • MSc in International Management • MSc in Technology and Innovation Management. Once you have successfully completed the programme you will proceed directly to your preferred Masters degree. 35
  6. 6. ‘Studying at Sussex has helped me to look to the future with confidence.’ Jacqui Bealing, MA in Creative and Critical Writing
  7. 7. Kelly’s Career development perspective Career development/part-time work Student services/career development ‘The resource I found the most invaluable at x and part-time work the University was the Career Development and x Employment Centre. I came to Sussex thinking I x knew exactly the career path I wanted to pursue, x but x I found it increasingly difficult to find the right Student services and career development openings. It was a real breath of fresh air to find x careers advisors who were always so willing to listen x and x were genuinely knowledgeable in my subject area, with years of experience advising the many x students at Sussex who are interested in the same x professional area. They were able to check my CV x and x frankly discuss my options, allowing me to S ussex postgraduates have access to a comprehensive career development service. A wide range of resources and events are on offer to help you plan your future career, consider alternatives I would never have identified xx on x my own. This has led me to a job working in the xx House of Commons, a role I wouldn’t have contemplated without the help of CDEC.’ however firm or uncertain your aims may be. Kelly Barber MA in Human Rights Sarah’s Skills development perspective For many of our graduate students, a postgraduate degree at Sussex is another step ‘Doing a DPhil has greatly improved my career x towards a long-anticipated career in academia, options. Though at the moment I don’t know if I x or in the private, public or voluntary sectors. want to stay in academia or try something new, I’m x being equipped with all the relevant skills I need to Sussex aims to give you a head start in the x succeed when I finish my degree. x competitive world of academic research by ‘We x have a great Postgraduate Seminar Series in providing a range of skill-building activities. the x Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry that Several disciplines run research skills courses allows DPhil students in any year of study to present x that you can take as part of your Masters programme, and organise specially targeted In addition, CDEC organises talks by Sussex their work to an audience of other DPhil students. It’s x good because we get the chance to practice talks in x career workshops in collaboration with graduates who are established in their careers. a x relatively relaxed setting, as well as hearing about the University’s Career Development and Recent topics have included journalism, life other people’s research. x Employment Centre (CDEC). science careers, and international development. ‘At x x the moment a “student exchange” is being set Recruiting employers also visit CDEC to give up As a result of this support, Sussex students presentations and to interview: the BBC, the x where DPhil students from other universities in the x South East can come and present their work in achieve a high level of academic and Overseas Development Institute, Procter & our x seminar series and students from Sussex will professional expertise and this is evident in the Gamble, Logica and the Civil Service have all have the chance to visit the other universities to talk x positions recent postgraduates have obtained. been recent visitors to the campus. about their work ( x These include: pgseminars).’ Each autumn term CDEC organises a ‘GradFair’ American Express, Business Analyst; and a ‘LawFair’. These events are attended by AstraZeneca, Principal Research Chemist; employers with graduate and postgraduate Sarah Pannell DPhil in Biochemistry BBC World Service, Producer; DeHavilland vacancies. Information Services, Senior Direct News Correspondent; Earthwatch, Environmental CDEC resources Partnerships Manager; Foreign and Our career development advisors are available Commonwealth Office, Desk Officer; for both drop-in discussions and for longer Institute for Animal Health, Research careers consultations. Our large open-access Scientist; IBM Laboratories, Software information centre includes type-of-work Engineer; Maritime Coastguard Agency, information, reference books and takeaway Parliamentary Coordinator; Metropolitan publications. Careers information is now widely Police, Intelligence Analyst; Mullard Space web based; the CDEC website is an extensive Science Laboratory, Research Fellow; resource. All types of vacancies are advertised Scottish Executive Education Department, in CDEC and on our website including graduate Policy Officer; Sussex Archaeological Society, opportunities, work experience and vacation Education Assistant; The British Film Institute, placements. Visit Marketing Assistant; UNICEF Cambodia, Education Advisor. Part-time work Learning to live on what is often a tight budget, Career Development and while making the most of university life, is one Employment Centre (CDEC) of the challenges of postgraduate study. CDEC CDEC complements the academic training at recognises the importance of part-time work and Sussex. Our team of career professionals can aims to advertise a broad range of opportunities. help you to identify specific career aims and to Many positions are within the University itself, develop the career-planning strategies you will including administrative posts that are often need to achieve them. targeted specifically at postgraduates. Students can access a wide range of part-time CDEC events and temporary positions in the information We organise a programme of skills workshops centre or via our website at designed to help with career planning and making effective applications. We also run career-planning sessions specific to your subject. We also offer guidance and support with employment issues. 37
  8. 8. Success after Sussex Success after Sussex Student services and career development Student services and career development Y ou can be confident that your experiences at Sussex will help give you the best start possible in your chosen career. You will also be entering the company of many Sussex graduates who have gone on to be highly successful in a variety of fields. Ian McEwan CBE Author Ian, an English Literature graduate, is one of the UK’s best-known living authors. Over the past 30 years, he has written novels, short stories and TV and film scripts; a number of his novels, including Atonement and The Cement Garden, have also been adapted for film. Ian has won several literary awards, including the prestigious Man Booker Prize for Fiction for his novel Amsterdam (three of his other novels have also been shortlisted for the same award), and is a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Literature and the Royal Society of Arts. Georgina’s career perspective ‘I x was a biological sciences doctoral student at Sussex in the late 1970s – a lively period for my x Michael Fuller subject area (evolutionary biology) and for the x Chief Constable of Kent Police University. It was very stimulating to be working x Michael, who started out as a cadet with among faculty members who were extremely x London’s Metropolitan Police Service, rose to creative, and were forging ahead with new theories, x methods and leading new ways of thinking. There x the rank of Deputy Assistant Commissioner was x a good critical mass of postgraduates and young (the fourth highest rank in the Met) before lecturers, and a regular flow of visitors from overseas. x becoming Chief Constable of Kent Police in ‘It x was my first experience of taking responsibility for 2004. He worked in a variety of roles at the Met, my x own work and of having to defend my own ideas including setting up and commanding Operation and x data. This was all pretty daunting at the start, but Trident, the unit set up to tackle gun crime within as x time progressed I learned how exciting scientific London urban communities. Michael, a Social research could be. x Psychology graduate, has been awarded the ‘Most important for my later career, I learned the x Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished service, importance of doing science well: posing clear x as well as honorary degrees from the Universities questions and finding the best ways to answer them. x of Sussex and East London. He is also a qualified I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Sussex.’ barrister and was called to the Bar at Lincoln’s Inn in 2007. Georgina Mace OBE Director of Science, Zoological Society of London, and Trustee of the Natural History Museum 38
  9. 9. Helen Boaden Other high-fliers Success after Sussex Student services and career development Director, BBC News Helen Boaden, an English Literature graduate, Arts began her journalistic career with the BBC as a Turner Prize winner and Tate Trustee, Jeremy news producer with Radio Leeds. She worked as Deller; film soundtrack composer, John a reporter and presenter on radio and television Altman; and musician, Jem Griffiths. before taking on a series of senior management Business roles including Controller of BBC 7, Controller of Sir Robert Wilson, Chairman of BG Group Radio 4 and, since 2004, Director of BBC News. and former Chairman of Rio Tinto plc; Helen has won a number of awards for her work Hannah Jones, Vice President: Corporate including a Sony Award for Best Current Affairs Responsibility of Nike Inc; Anthony Carlisle, Programme for her report on AIDS in Africa. She Executive Director of the marketing and is a Fellow of the Radio Academy, and has been communications group, Citigate Dewe awarded honorary degrees by the University of Rogerson; Keith Skeoch, CEO for Standard East Anglia (Suffolk College) and the University Life Investments; and Gail Rebuck, Chair of Sussex. and Chief Executive, Random House Group. Media Alexandra Shulman OBE, Editor of UK Vogue; Jane Root, former Executive Vice President of Discovery Networks and General Manager of the Discovery Channel in the US; and TV presenter, Dermot Murnaghan. Public service Sir Suma Chakrabarti, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice; Jamie Zhang Xin Shea, Director of Policy Planning at Property developer NATO; and Ann Grant, former British High After achieving a degree in Economics at Sussex Commissioner to the Republic of South and a Masters in Development Economics at Africa. the University of Cambridge, Zhang Xin worked Politics as an analyst on Wall Street before returning UK Government ministers, Rt Hon Hilary to China to pursue a career in real estate. Her Benn, and Rt Hon Ben Bradshaw; company, SOHO China Ltd, has undertaken and former President of the Republic of a series of stylish residential and commercial Botswana, Festus Mogae. building projects that have made her into one of China’s most successful property developers. Science One of her projects – the Commune by the Great Calestous Juma, Professor of the Practice Wall – won a prize at the Venice Biennale, a of International Development and Director, world-renowned contemporary art exhibition. Science, Technology and Globalization She also won the 2004 Mont Blanc Arts Project at Harvard University; and Sir Peter Patronage Award in recognition of her efforts Knight, Professor of Quantum Optics and to promote the development of contemporary Principal of Natural Sciences at Imperial architecture in Asia. Her company was floated on College, London. the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in October 2007. Sean Phelan Founder of Multimap After taking an Electronic Engineering degree at Sussex, Sean became a programmer for a software consultancy, designing, building and debugging computer networks around the world. With his heart set on a career as an entrepreneur, however, Sean took an MBA at the Theseus Institute in France, then worked as a media and technology consultant before setting up his own business, called Multimap, in 1995. The business has gone on to become a leading provider of mapping and location-based services with a multi-million pound turnover. The Alumni Network In 2006, Multimap was awarded The Queen’s The Alumni Network is dedicated to helping Award for Enterprise in the innovation category. you stay in touch with the University and In December 2007, Sean sold his majority stake your Sussex friends after you graduate. The in Multimap to Microsoft for over £12 million. organisation boasts a network of 75,000 former students in over 100 countries and provides lots of ways to keep in contact, including alumni groups, a magazine, an email newsletter and online discussion boards. Membership also entitles you to a wide range of benefits, including discounts on travel, books and accommodation. 39
  10. 10. ‘I’ve had an amazing time here and I’ve made life-long friends.’ Nick Webber, MA in Colonial and Post-Colonial Cultures