Earth and environmental scientists are in demand from a diverse range of sectors. The DTP training programme aims to equip students with a broad range of skills in preparation for their future careers. Students will be expected to gain fundamental and advanced research skills, alongside complementary transferable skills. Training will be offered within the Vitae Researcher Development Framework through a number of mechanisms across the Southwest and Wales.
Students are expected to attend a week long residential course in their first term during which they will receive training from each of the three Research Themes. This will be complemented by training in project management and collaboration to help nurture the beginnings of interdisciplinarity that we aim to encourage at the school. Students will be expected to partake in lectures as well as field and computer practicals, and a range of social activities will be organised to allow students to get to each other better. More information on this year’s Autumn School.
Foundation Researcher Training
A number of courses will be provided by the DTP and its partner organisations to ensure that students are provided with training in foundational research skills. Courses will cover:
- Training in the use of software packages commonly used in the Earth and Environmental Sciences
- Soft skills useful to researchers – beginners and advanced
- Academic writing
- Science communication
- Science policy-making
- Handling data and statistics
Students will be expected to make use of DTP organised courses and will be directed to relevant courses held within partner organisations.
Advanced Researcher Training
Students are allocated a £4,000 training credits budget at the start of their PhD for the 3.5 year duration of their research. These funds support training opportunities identified by student and supervisor not offered within the DTP, and can be national or international. The funds are to be used on course fees and training-related costs for travel and accommodation. Student and supervisor are expected to manage the budget over the course of the 3.5 years.