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, career  and transferable skills. Training for subject-specific 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.

Month Z Year 1  Year 2  Year 3  Year 4 
October  Residential  induction : transferable skills to cover Equality and diversity, ethics, time management, working with your supervisor, lab books etc
November  Data Tree Interactive Session Public Engagement and Talking to different audiences
December  Putting training plans to work (Career focussed)

Info about placements

How to make posters

Christmas Party

Risks and decision making

Christmas Party

January  How to read a research article
Focus on Publishing
March   Careers event – CVs and interviews Careers event- BMY, applying for funding Well being and viva preparation
April  Atmosphere and Climate Theme Day Atmosphere and Climate Theme Day Atmosphere and Climate Theme Day
May  Prep for Transfer (Online Course)  

Data safe-keeping



Data Legacy


June  Data Management and Visualisation.









July  The Modern Researcher

Earth Processes Theme Day

Earth Processes Theme Day Earth Processes Theme Day


August  Living World Theme Day Living World Theme Day Living World Theme Day

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.