The TRAINING PROGRAMME
Students will have the opportunity to develop a range of skills that will be valuable in their PhD journey and their future career.
A PhD is an opportunity, not just to write a thesis, but to develop a range of skills that will be valuable in whatever career you decide to go into.
The training programme is designed to help students enhance and develop their generic/ transferrable skills at the same time encouraging them to broaden their knowledge of the mathematical sciences.
Students will be asked to participate in a range of mandatory and non-mandatory activities during their PhD.
Students should complete these activities in the first year of their programme. If they cannot do so, they should complete them in second year.
- Presentation skills
- Responsible Research & Innovation/ Ethics
It is up to the student which activties they would like to undertake and to seek out training opportunities. Below are some examples of generic/ transferrable skills training-
- Python Programming
- Scientific writing
- How to avoid unconscious bias
- Time management
- CV writing
- Interview training
- Heriot-Watt University – Research Futures Academy
- University of Edinburgh – Institute for Academic Development
Mathematical Sciences training
MIGS encourages all our PhD students to widen and deepen their mathematical background during the first year of their degrees.
Students can participate in courses from a variety of providers-
- APTS (relevant for statistics students at UoE)
- NATCOR (relevant for OOR students at UoE)
- level 11 courses taught at HWU or UoE
Students are encouraged to be more flexible in their approach to training so that they deepen their knowledge in specific areas that may be more closely related to the research topic they will develop during their degree. This can be accomplished via a number of avenues-
Attendance at Advanced SMSTC courses run by specific research groups
Participation in research oriented reading/seminar groups
- Undertaking a mini-project- the student writes a report and gives a small presentation summarising the main lessons extracted from the activity
Teaching is an important part of academic work, and this programme will help you to develop your teaching skills in a supportive environment and benefit from a variety of training activities and workshops.