Professional Development

Your PhD is more than just the research project you are studying; it is far more than a continuation of undergraduate study. A PhD is the first step in your career, and it presents a huge range of opportunities to explore that you are unlikely to get later in your career.

The School and University provide a wide range of training activities on generic research and transferable skills to compliment your day-to-day PhD research. We expect you to undertake a broad programme of training while studying here; this is a core part of your PhD and preparation for your career once you have graduated. Some of this training is focused upon skills you need for your research, some promotes knowledge and expertise sharing across the School, and other training is targeted at your future career.

Throughout your PhD, you will take part in:

  • The School Postgraduate Conference
  • Research Seminars
  • International and National Confrences
  • Institute for Academic Development(IAD)Training
  • Tutoring or Demonstration Training and Experience
  • Joint Research Institute (JRI) Events
  • Compass Programme for Overseas Students

It is a good idea to maintain a record of your training for your future career; for example, it will contribute to Professional Development objectives required to become a Chartered Engineer. You can obtain a transcript of the courses that you have attended via MyEd.

Funds for Research-led Initiatives

If you have ideas for new skills development activities that are not currently provided, you can apply for funding to support this:

  • IAD run the University’s Researcher-Led Initiative Fund, for developing new ideas that will benefit groups of researchers
  • The EngGradSoc runs a competition for funds to support researcher development events within Engineering

All types of events, projects, or activities are considered, as long as they provide training and development and will benefit groups of researchers. The IAD website gives further information and examples of projects that have previously been funded.

Professional Institutions

Professional bodies provide further training opportunities, events relevant to your field, and development for your future career. It is not possible to give a complete list here, but some of the most relevant Institutions include:

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Professional Development Support
Helen Cope, Professor Hugh McCann and Siraj Sabihuddin at the 2013 Postgraduate Conference
L to R: Helen Cope(Most Popular Poster prize), Professor Hugh McCann and Siraj Sabihuddin (Academy Best Poster prize) at the 2013 Postgraduate Conference
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The Institute for Academic Development