Coffee Lottery

Arrange to meet fellow researchers for a friendly coffee through the doctoral college. Meet in person or online at a time that suits you. That’s it, that’s the scheme.

We know that meeting people can be a challenge, especially if you’ve joined a new institution, moved countries, or started your research during a global pandemic. To make things a little easier, our coffee lottery facilitates making new connections. It’s especially good for meeting people outside your immediate office or department. Everyone is welcome!

If you sign up to the scheme, we will match you with two other researchers, and invite you to arrange to meet at a mutually convenient time. This can be in one of the many campus coffee shops, or online, depending on your location and what you’re comfortable with. Everyone is welcome to join – whether you’ve just arrived or you have been at Surrey for years. All you need to agree to is to have a friendly chat with your group.

To sign up: email Mike Rose ( Please include the following information to help us match you:

  1. Name
  2. Department or discipline
  3. Stage of career or doctorate
  4. Would you prefer to meet online or in person?
  5. Are you local to the university?

The scheme will run until end of November.

This article first featured in DC News 25/10/22