Watch this space for our 2023 Doctoral Open Days!

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Watch this space for our 2023 Doctoral Open Days!

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Earlier this year, we celebrated our 15th season of Doctoral Open Days. These annual events are designed to introduce first year PhD students from across the UK and beyond to using our collections and resources in their doctoral research. The ways that we have run these events has shifted over the years, and went fully online in 2021, before returning in a hybrid form this year.

We are currently working on season 16, which will be a mix of online and in-person offerings from Spring 2023 onwards. In reformulating the series, we are responding to feedback from both attendees and colleagues and making it easier for students to pick and mix relevant sessions and get the information and skills they need to start their research journey with the Library.

We will reveal the full programme in due course, but rest assured there will still be an introductory module focused on the practicalities of finding resources in our catalogues, alongside other sessions exploring areas of our collection in more detail. There’ll be chances for students to meet some of our curators and see a glimpse of items from our vast and varied collection, and to learn tips and tricks for doing research at the Library. There will also be on-site orientation sessions, focused on practicalities of getting readers set up and finding your way around.

If you a starting a PhD and are interested in attending our 2023 Doctoral Open Days, keep your eyes on the Research Collaboration webspace for news of the next series, which will begin early next year. You can also sign up to our quarterly research e-news to receive details of our research events, opportunities and stories of research at the Library. Request to join the mailing list by emailing