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Fri 24 Jan 2020
10:00 - 12:00

Venue: Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room

Provided by: Researcher Development Programme (RDP)


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Other dates:

Tue 5 May 2020

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Starting Your PhD (STEMM)

Fri 24 Jan 2020


You are beginning one of the most exciting, yet challenging programme of your academic career. You have entered a new lab, with a new supervisor, new lab colleagues and a new project. Where do you start? How do establish productive working relationships, get up to speed with literature and establish a project that will be worthy of a PhD at the end? This half day workshop will explore what it means to do a PhD, think about how to establish meaningful student-supervisor relationships and plan for a productive PhD project.

Target audience

First year PhD students in Life Sciences, Physical Sciences and Technology.
Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here.


Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainers
1 Fri 24 Jan   10:00 - 12:00 10:00 - 12:00 Postdoc Centre@ Mill Lane, Eastwood Room map Dr Sam Byers,  Dr S. Tomaskovic
  • Explore what it means to do a PhD
  • Gain an understanding of what a good student-supervisor relationship looks like
  • Discuss tips and resources available to students throughout their PhD, particularly during times of uncertainty
  • Learn how to interact with other members of the lab and/or university in an effective manner.

Participative workshop comprising of information giving and activities


One 2 hour session

There will not be a scheduled break in this session, so you are encouraged to go to the Whale Café on your way in and pick up a drink. If you show your University card, you will get a small discount!


This course is scheduled to run three times in Michaelmas term and once in Lent and Easter terms.

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