Social and Networking Opportunities

Social and networking events allow you to meet and network informally with your peers from across the University regulary. Enjoy getting together in a relaxed social setting.  If you have an event or activity you think the doctoral student community should know about, get in touch at (

Doctoral Academy Coffee Socials

Your opportunity as doctoral research students to network and meet other doctoral research students, a chance to share your knowledge, experience, fears, ideas and interests, and sometimes a chance to present our research in a super friendly and supportive environment. These events are held every month and are advertised by email as well as via Facebook and Twitter.

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Get Involved

As a doctoral researcher at Sheffield you are a part of a vibrant research community of over 4000. Here are some ways in which you can get involved in social, professional activities and meet your fellow researchers.

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If you’d like to get engaged with the doctoral researcher community at the University of Sheffield, we’d like to invite guest bloggers to submit 300-500 word blog pieces to the Doctoral Academy Virtual Community blog. It can be about any topic related to doctoral student life and research, and will be posted on the Doctoral Academy Portal.


Graduate Research Centre

The Dainton Graduate Research Centre offers research students dedicated and bookable work spaces at the heart of the campus. The centre has been designed with students’ needs in mind. It has wireless connectivity, social space with soft seating, flexible work space, seminar room and kitchen facilities. The Centre is open 7 days a week between the hours of 8am and 12 midnight. Access to the building is by authorised UCard.

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