University of Brighton Your Voice Matters

University of Brighton Your Voice Matters

Welcome to Your Voice Matters website. On this site you will find all the information about the various surveys that are sent to you during your time as a student and as an alumni.

These surveys are important as they give you an opportunity to tell us how we are doing and where we need to improve things. We take the feedback from these surveys very seriously because we want you to have the best student and alumni experience you can have.

Students are at the heart of everything we do and your voice matters to all of us.

Professor Debra Humphris

PRES – your voice matters

We use the feedback you give us to improve the experience for you and future students. Click the images below to read about the changes we have implemented across Brighton Doctoral College.

PhD Manager

In 2015, the Doctoral College introduced PhD Manager, a new online platform designed to support you throughout your research degree.

PhD Manager provides a single digital space where you can easily manage your doctorate by allowing you to record and share documents with your supervisory team, track progression and register for researcher development workshops.

Since its introduction, you have told us how much you appreciate the clarity and simplicity of this new organisational tool, and we are continuing to work with the software developers to bring you further improvements and enhancements.

“I am not a computer person at all to be honest, and I have found it easy to use and better than writing up notes after my meetings and then circulating to my supervisors. PhD Manager is just so much quicker and easier.”

Jennifer Holland, SaSM PhD student

Researcher Development Programme

We have replaced the University Research Development Framework with our Researcher Development Programme. The new programme offers over one hundred workshops, online courses and modules, with at-a-glance icons to help you find workshops relative to your field or stage of research. We have also introduced brand new sessions and worked with colleagues across the university to create workshops tailored specifically for doctoral students.

Our programme aligns to the Researcher Development Framework created by Vitae, enabling us to clearly indicate the training outcomes of workshops, and allowing you to identify your needs and chart your personal and professional growth as your studies progress.


Based on your feedback, we have developed our induction day to provide new starters with more detailed information about the doctoral journey ahead of them. The induction has been improved to create a more welcoming event, with an increased number of student presenters and more opportunities for interaction.

Research Culture

You said you wanted to be part of a more stimulating research culture. We continue to work to promote existing opportunities both within and outside the university, and we are investing resources into building a stronger doctoral community.

  • Across the university, you can take advantage of a range of opportunities for presenting your research, including regular seminar series in schools and research centres, fortnightly research forums, special interest discussion groups and student-led research events.
  • This year, we will be devoting a whole week in May to celebrating doctoral research at Brighton. In addition to providing opportunities for you to meet your peers and present your work-in-progress, the Festival of Postgraduate Research offers a wide-ranging programme of events. Highlights include our Opposites Attract Collaboration Challenge, research poster and photo competitions, our Three Minute Thesis final and presentations from three eminent keynote speakers. The festival will take place across all campuses, and funding will be on offer to cover transport costs to encourage interdisciplinary participation.

You can read more about the Festival of Postgraduate Research here.

  • We’ve created a blog to provide you with information about news, events, student activities and achievements, which you can see here. We’re also engaging with you on Twitter and highlighting research events and activities we hope will be of interest.