Research Training

Panorama will offer outstanding opportunities to excellent students from all backgrounds to address real-life environmental questions and be prepared for careers leading the environmental industry, government, academia and beyond. Our DTP is supported by partnerships with more than 40 companies (e.g. Yorkshire Water, Arup, Mott MacDonald, Syngenta, Ørsted), charities (e.g. Natural History Museum, FrogLife, FoE), research institutions (e.g. CEH, NCAS) and government agencies (e.g. Natural England, DEFRA, Environment Agency).

Our training is delivered through a multidisciplinary programme, providing research, personal effectiveness, professional and career skills together with subject-specific skills. Our programme for subject-specific and transferable skills is delivered through bespoke training, industrial partners, departmental and university training and individualised training tailored to the student’s skill set, which will be informed and based on a detailed Training Needs Analysis (TNA) throughout the candidature.

The key principles of our DTP development programme are to:

  • Equip DTP students with the skills and knowledge for leadership in a 21st century workforce.
  • Provide optimum career prospects to all students through training provision, expertise, leadership, entrepreneurship and innovation.
  • Embed industrial and end-user partners within the training programmes to inform and provide relevance.
  • Develop a cohort of motivated and independent early career researchers who will become the next generation of environmental scientists working in relevant research areas and supporting the UK industrial strategy, NERC delivery plan 2016-2020, Conservation 21, and the 25-year Environment Plan.

Career planning is embedded throughout the whole programme, starting from the induction that includes a career event with alumni, existing students and selected industry partners. Our training programme (see table below) combines cohort-wide development events (core events) and individualized training that will be informed through a training needs analysis (TNA). The training will be delivered by DTP academic staff, university training staff, industry and external providers.

Outline of available training courses (core (black) and electives (green)) for Panorama. Bespoke training courses are shown as italics and will be delivered by the academic partners or through external providers (bold).

DTP students will perform a Training Needs Analysis (TNA) at the beginning of the programme, and training needs will be agreed in discussion with the details with the supervisory team. The TNA will be revisited at annual meetings at the beginning of the academic year.

Our cohort-based training is divided into specific development themes and will address Cohort Building, Personal Effectiveness, Careers and Leadership, Communication & Policy and Data & Analytics. The development programme will consist of 38 days (year 1: 17, year 2: 10.5, year 3: 10.5) of cohort-based events. Individualized transferable skills development, as defined through the TNA, is expected to add 5 days of training per year. Subject specific skills development will vary individually.

The Programme Induction will be structured as a 5-day residential session at the beginning of the programme at a UK field-based research station that allows PhD students to experience scientific approaches outside of their core discipline. This event will include classroom-based sessions about the DTP training programme, the structure of a PhD, basic project management and academic integrity. The residential will also include a practical component on fieldwork skills and planning and basic modelling skills from different disciplines (e.g. Biology, Atmospheric Sciences, Earth Sciences). This will allow PhD students with field-based or theoretical project to develop skills in communicating across multi-disciplinary teams.