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The EnvEast Doctoral Training Programme

As an EnvEast student, you will have access to an unprecedented range of activities during your doctorate. The majority of your time will be spent conducting research leading to the examination of your PhD thesis. For this, you will become part of a huge community of world-leading researchers, have access to an array of cutting-edge facilities, and receive advanced training in research skills and methods from across the EnvEast partnership and beyond.

In addition to all this, however, you will also have the opportunity to receive training to prepare you for a diverse range of postdoctoral careers in research and beyond. Our training is conducted in accordance with our Training Aims and Objectives, and full details can be found in our Handbook.

Highlights of our training programme include:

• A three day residential cohort induction at Flatford Mill, in the beautiful Dedham Vale.

• A three to four day residential cohort Winter School at Mersea Island, including an Oil Spill Case Study team event.

• Two residential summer schools, which will bring you together with your EnvEast peers for an intensive week of training and networking.

• The annual Cambridge-EnvEast Doctoral Alliance Student Conference, organised in conjunction with the Cambridge Earth Systems Science NERC DTP and the British Antarctic Survey.

• Access to a huge array of high quality advanced training funded by NERC - within the EnvEast partnership and elsewhere across the country.

• An annual skills audit with your supervisory team, in which you will agree your bespoke training programme.

• Face-to-face training from internationally outstanding scientists from across the EnvEast partnership and beyond, including advanced training in research skills specific to your project.

• The opportunity to develop skills for your postdoctoral career, for example by participating in innovation training, or undertaking accredited training courses for teaching in Higher Education.

• You will be encouraged (and funded) to attend national and international meetings relevant to your research, and to publish your research in peer-reviewed and open access journals. You will also be able to attend and contribute to research seminar programmes within your department or institute.

• Opportunities for outreach and public engagement activities, for example through the STEM Ambassador Programme, through which you can spend time in local primary and secondary schools; the Pint of Science programme; and regular showcases of postgraduate research projects.

• The opportunity to organise and contribute to an EnvEast-wide, web-based research seminar series and student blog or even run your own training course.