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Research Training

Our DTP has a comprehensive programme of researcher training covering subject-specific and generic skills. Students will obtain some training and understanding of the full range of training topics.

All new students are required to make a training plan when they start their PhD. Training courses are split into ‘nodes’ covering different aspects of your PhD (see diagram below), much of the training in transferable skills will be provided centrally by the Staff and Departmental Development Unit (SDDU) at Leeds and the equivalent service at York (Skills Forge). Inductions and training on specific lab instruments and techniques will be provided by individual labs/departments as required by each student.

NERC DTP training topics

Information on the training courses available for each of the nodes in the above diagram can be found in the training section of the internal DTP website (requires login). In addition to the centralised training the DTP also provides additional compulsory courses which are exclusive for our DTP students. These courses give DTP students a chance to get together as a cohort and are run throughout the year. Details of the current DTP courses are given below

DTP Student Conference

The Leeds-York DTP student conference takes place annualy, usually in May. The conference is organised by the DTP student representatives and includes 15 minute oral presentations by 1st year students and poster presentations by 2nd year students. The conference gives students a chance to practice giving conference style presentations in a relaxed environment and gain valuable feedback from other students.

Team Work and Leadership Course (1st Years)

A 2-day residential course in the Yorkshire Dales to develop leadership and team working skills. The course will involve a number of fun and challenging outdoor activities including caving, ghyll scrambling, abseiling, hill walking and team challenges.

Publishing and Presenting at a Major International Conference (2nd Years)

A 1-day workshop which will include training on presenting posters and talks at international conferences and also information on the publication process. The day will include presentations from representatives from each sphere/department and talks from academics within the DTP. Training on Researchfish reporting will also be given at this workshop.

Careers Workshop (3rd Years)

A 2-day workshop with invited speakers from partners/external companies.

Introduction to SPHERES workshops (1 day each)

These 1-day workshops will provide all DTP students with an interdisciplinary introduction to each of the 3 major spheres covered by the DTP:

  1. The Atmosphere – December
  2. The Biosphere – March
  3. The Geosphere (Geology and Geophysics) – June