ARIES training targets the needs of PGRs, end users and academia. Training is themed around theVitae Research Development Framework (RDF), and structured to realise our vision of the 21st century scientist (see Figure below). Training comprises five weeks of whole-cohort training,continuing Training Needs Analysis (TNA), and the development of needs-specific advanced courses. It builds on the highest possible level of approval for training from NERC.
Figure: ARIES vision of the 21st century scientist
ARIES Training Needs Analysis
The primary purpose of the NERC ARIES Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) is to provide PGRs with a training and development experience in the natural sciences that prepares them for and supports them during their PhD, as well as enhancing their career choices afterwards.
This form has been developed to allow PGRs to assess their own develoment and training needs throughout the lifetime of their PhD.
Of the five whole-cohort events, three will cover multiple skills areas with all HEIs contributing to the programme (Y1 3-day Induction; Y1 5-day Summer School; Y3 5-day Summer School. For example programmes please see below). The other two whole-cohort events will be Grand Challenges, which are designed with end users to address complex and important societal challenges. These are presented to PGRs to encourage multidisciplinary, solution-focused research and innovation, and apply and expand on content delivered in the multi-themed events. PGRs will learn through practical experience of working with academics and end users.
ARIES offers excellent training opportunities in both technical and transferrable skills. These have been developed into a new and exciting range of advanced training courses. All our courses will be made available to non-ARIES NERC and other PGRs on a cost-recovery basis. ARIES courses are designed primarily for PGRs, but will be available for supervisors and end-users to benefit from. Please see below for a selection of ARIES advanced training opportunities.
Internships are mandatory for all ARIES PGRs. These internships provide PGRs with horizon-broadening experiences from outside their immediate research, enhancing their employability. PGRs choose a host from the ARIES end user partnership; or these may be arranged with other external hosts approved by ARIES. Internships need not be taken in one block, but can be split into shorter periods. The total time is then added as an additional stipend, extending the period of PhD funding, while retaining an overall 4-year completion requirement. Longer internships may be considered individually.