Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Thesis things at Sussex… got a question that isn’t answered here? let me know: send an email to Sarah at email@example.com and I’ll update this page.
The Library provides a factsheet on 3rd-party copyright issues in relation to theses: http://www.sussex.ac.uk/library/gen_info/copyrightetheses.pdf
IT Services regularly run a course to cover these issues and more: Using Word to write your thesis. The course looks at Word in greater depth and the session covers: Using Section Breaks; Styles; Tables of Contents; Creating different Headers and Footers in the same document; Footnotes and EndNotes; Page Numbering; Creating a Table of Figures; Find and Replace.
To book your place on the next workshop, or to add yourself to the waiting list, do so through Sussex Direct. Once you’ve signed in, select the ‘Personal’ menu –> then ‘Training’ or ‘Staff Development’. Select “Staff Development Course Listings and Booking Facility”, and expand the provision listed under “Information Technology” – there’s a section on Word Processing, and the course is listed there.
The University of Sussex does not currently confer doctoral degrees for theses by publication, though this proposal is currently being considered by the Doctoral School Committee.
There is a difference however, between ‘thesis by publication’ and a ‘paper style thesis’: in the first, the papers are already published, and the degree awarded for the research *already conducted* – the researcher may or may not be a registered student of the university issuing the degree. In the second, the research is carried out during the time that the student is registered for a doctorate at Sussex, and the style of thesis is that of a collection of papers (which may, or may not have been published), with an introduction and conclusion.
There are only two departments (so far) that accept theses in the style of a collection of papers: Economics and Psychology. Both these departments had the proposal ratified by the Doctoral School Committee. If a department wanted to accept a ‘paper style thesis’, they would need to put the proposal to the Doctoral School Committee.
The university does not have an “approved” list of proofreaders, but some of the tutors in the Sussex Language Institute (SLI) sometimes engage in proofreading for researchers – though the agreement is between the researcher and proofreader, and does not include the SLI.
Contact Alison Chisholm A.M.Chisholm@sussex.ac.uk for further information.
Section 6.7 of the “Handbook for Research and Professional Doctorate Students 2009/10 [PDF]” gives the regulations on temporary binding of the thesis for first-submission. and the quote for Theses is:
“the pages of the thesis should be held together in a soft cover by an adhesive spine and should not be stitched or have holes punched in them.”
So, thermal binding is the way to go.
The Print Unit, in Hastings Building is open 9.00 am – 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday. They will bind up to a maximum of 340 sheets in a single volume. Larger theses will need to be split into two volumes. Turnaround is at least a day, sometimes more, depending on how many binding jobs they have at any one time. The Print Unit can also print your thesis, for a very reasonable cost, that may prove less troublesome than relying on photocopying! Full details on the Print Unit website.
12 mm is approximately 120 sheets (depending on paper used)
£2.00 up to 12mm / £3.00 thicker than 12mm
£0.50 thermal cover (up to 12mm) / £1.00 (thicker than 12 mm)
£5.00 Priority service (requires approx. 4 hours)
You also have two other options:
Brighton Uni can bind up to 340 pages in the approved way, while you wait. The easiest way to get there is to take the train from Falmer to Moulscoomb – it’s only one stop and saves you hunting for a parking space at the Moulscoomb campus:
The second option, is Bookbinders of Lewes: Star Brewery, Castle Ditch Lane, Lewes BN7 1YJ. Telephone 01273 486718
The “Handbook for Research and Professional Doctorate Students 2009/10 [PDF]” gives advice on final submission in Section 6.5 to 6.61. On successful completion of the doctoral examination process, you will submit one bound copy of your final thesis, and one electronic (PDF) copy.
The electronic copy is passed, along with the related metadata, to the Library. A cover sheet is added to the top of your electronic copy, and your thesis is uploaded to our institutional repository, Sussex Research Online, to allow public access. Have a look at the first electronic Sussex doctoral thesis to be uploaded in this way, to see how the record and PDF appear.
An electronic copy of your thesis will also be uploaded to EThOS (the Electronic Theses Online Service), run by the British Library. EThOS provides free access to the full text of UK theses, so your research is now available to a wide scholarly community