Alumni Benefits

IDS offers a number of key benefits to the postgraduate alumni network and is pleased to announce that the IDS Bulletin is now Open Access and free to all, see the IDS Bulletin website for upcoming and archived publications

The IDS online global Alumni Network

Enhance your global network by connecting with IDS and alumni across the globe. IDS provides a secure and exclusive online networking platform for postgraduate alumni, students and IDS staff that can help you connect with old friends, make new and potentially important contacts, and stay in touch with IDS and IDS alumni wherever you are. The Alumni online network:

  • Helps you to build your professional network
  • Encourages alumni to share jobs, learning opportunities, publications and perspectives
  • Offers a safe space for continued challenging discussion
  • Allows IDS to build relationships with alumni that enhance the research, teaching and learning, and impact of IDS’ work

Read the user guidance for the online platform; sign up at

Lifetime access to British Library for Development Studies (BLDS)

As a member of the IDS alumni network, you are free to use BLDS for reference for an unlimited time after you graduate. IDS alumni can get BLDS membership for a 50% fee reduction which entitles borrowing of up to 30 items.

IDS alumni can access a selection of development studies e-journals, published by SAGE and subscribed to by the library. These include the titles: Action Research, Journal of Developing Societies and Progress in Development Studies. You will need your ‘email for life’ log-on information (see below) to access the articles.

The library also provides a free Help Desk service called Ask a librarian and a Document Delivery service which is free to individuals based in 140 countries. Alumni based in the North are entitled to a 50% discount on the document delivery service, regardless of whether they are a member of BLDS.

IDS email-for-life

The Email-for-Life is a service available to all IDS alumni; it is a permanent email address, with an option to redirect mail from that account to another email address. Alumni report having used their email-for-life for job applications; connecting with other alumni; staying in touch with IDS etc.

Discount on IDS Short Courses

Postgraduate Alumni are eligible for a discount on short courses run by and hosted at IDS, up to 20%. The discount will be offered to Alumni who meet the individual course criteria, and priority will be given to those applicants from less well-resourced organisations. Future online booking will allow you to indicate that you are an IDS postgraduate alum.

Details on upcoming short courses

Continued Student rates on IDS accommodation

If you are attending a short course or are keen to visit IDS to give a seminar, meet the current students or connect with researchers, you will continue to receive student rates for IDS accommodation. You will need to contact to see if a room is available on the date required, providing your name and course details. These will be used by our facilities team to verify your status with the alumni office. Price per night is £40 (student rate) which is made up of £33.33 plus £6.67 VAT.

Additional benefits from the University of Sussex Alumni office

As a former IDS student, you are also an alum of the University of Sussex, and all the benefits of being a Sussex Alum are open to you. These include getting advice from the University of Sussex’s Careers and Employability Centre (CEC) up to three years after you graduate; continued use of the Library, including remote access to JSTOR e-journals; access to other campus facilities such as the Sports Centre and Conference venues; discounted accommodation in Brighton, and an NUS Extra card.

Find out more about the benefits offered through the University of Sussex.