The Graduate School EaStCHEM • Edinburgh and St Acad. Postgrads Ratio Andrews have merged Staff their research schools to Edinburgh 40 150 3.75 form EaStCHEM, which is now among the largest in EaStCHEM 74 234 3.2 the UK. • Degree is awarded by UoE. • Impact: improved access to equipment; joint training activities (see later). Post-Graduate Induction: Chemistry Wednesday 12th 4.00 T250 Welcome Meeting 5.30 Museum Cheese and Wine Thursday 13th Demonstrator Training (T100) 10.30-4.30: Museum Induction Afternoon and T250. Guided Tour Wednesday 17th Oct Questions & Answers for new 3.00 T100 PGs Today’s Session • Introduction to the • What we expect of workings of the you. Graduate School (eg • What you should what it’s for!). expect of your • Safety Committee supervisor & the • Science Outreach School of Chemistry. • Chemical Societies • Monitoring of Progress. The Graduate School The SoC & Graduate School ensure that: • Major services (NMR, X- ray, etc.) are available for the student’s research. • Training courses and Seminars • Progress of the student is monitored and assessed. • Formal instruction is given on safety matters The Graduate School Committee Simon Parsons (Director) Neil Robertson (Assistant Director) Perdita Barran Mike Greaney Annette Burgess Hazel Cox Principal Supervisors • Your principal supervisor is expected to: – Have a proven record of research – Be able to provide students with access to, and training in, the appropriate techniques and practical approaches – Encourage students to broaden their knowledge by critical reading of the scientific literature and attendance at seminars and conferences Second Supervisors • Your second supervisor is expected to: – Provide backup for the principal supervisor and the student. • When principal supervisor is absent. • Mediate in (rare) cases where there is a dispute between the student & his principal supervisor. – May bring significant expertise to a project • Advise students on specific aspects of their work. – Should be involved in annual reviews. Students • Students are expected to: – Play an active, and increasingly independent, part in the development of their research – Be skilled experimentalists towards the end of their MSc (or first year of PhD) and to be running the project towards the end of their PhD! – Develop presentation and communication skills; improve data-handling and computational expertise; develop transferable skills – Participate in and attend Research Seminars – Acquire teaching experience by participation in u/g instruction – Represent the School externally, at conferences, schools liaison etc. Seminars Research Groupings • Research areas • Biophysical Chemistry reflect main areas of • Chemical Biology activity in the School • Inorganic Chemistry of Chemistry • Materials • Staff and research workers belong to one • Organic Synthesis or more areas • Chemical Physics • Structural Chemistry Research Seminars • Attending and presenting seminars is a mandatory part of research training. • Visiting external speakers. Alternating sequence: – Specialist seminars – Go to seminars organised by your grouping. – School seminars – ALL students should attend! • Research Groupings’ seminars (“home session” in which student presents + others as appropriate) – at least one per week) • Specialist EaStCHEM Visiting Fellows Confidentiality • You will encounter confidential information in – your own project (industry and other funded work) – work by colleagues in your laboratory – ideas & results in internal seminars. • No disclosure outside UoE without clearance! • Unauthorised disclosure could – land us in court, – invalidate patent filings, – and involve high cost and great embarrassment!! Transferable Skills Training • A range of lectures and training opportunities • At School, College or University level • Essential component of postgraduate study • Attendance required for award of PhD Available Training - 1 • PG lecture courses organised by School of Chemistry – Synthesis (annual, given by postdocs) – NMR (biennial) – Advanced Techniques (biennial) • UG year4/5 lecture modules – e.g. X-ray crystallography, computational chem. Web- site & course book. • College courses on transferable skills – Louisa Lawes’ Talk. Available Training - 2 • Paper Writing workshop (2nd year) • Thesis Writing workshop (3rd year) • EPSRC GRADschool Courses: – Skills Development (eg communication, creativity) – Career sessions (eg cv improvement, interview technique) – Case Studies – http://www.grad.ac.uk/cms/ShowPage/Home_page/p!eecddL Available Training - 3 • Computing service courses – data analysis, spread sheets, data bases – writing web pages – programming (JAVA, FORTRAN) • University safety courses • External courses – crystallography, magnetism, catalysis Available Training - 4 • School research seminars – RSC seminars • Research Grouping seminars – Structural, Materials, Inorganic – Organic Synthesis etc. • Annual residential PG conference at Firbush Point Field Centre • Annual meeting of graduate School Firbush • Two night residential stay at Firbush point Field Centre (Loch Tay) around Easter • Final year students give a talk of around 50 - 60 mins • 2nd year students present a poster • Staff, postdocs and some 1st year students attend if possible Annual Post-Graduate Meeting • Held in May • Four 30 min talks – from best student representatives of different research areas • Highlights the wide range of Edinburgh research • Cheese and wine • Sponsorship – Leanne Green Memorial Fund and Organon (+ representatives) • Only event involving whole Grad school • Showcase for some of our best students How much do I need to do? • A minimum of 10 units in three • Poster or lecture at an years international conference = 1 • 5 lectures/hours =1unit unit • Courses of 10 hours or more • Public Understanding of may be counted as 2 units Science event or Pupil • A maximum of 2 units may be Research Initiative (EPSRC) counted for any one course =1 unit/day; maximum 2 units in total. • School research seminars: attendance over three years =1 unit • Sectional research meetings: attendance and contribution ( 1 talk per year) over three years =2 units Electronic Record Form POSTGRADUATE STUDENT TRAINING RECORD SCHOOL OF CHEMISTRY Please save using your name as the filename and email updates to email@example.com To move between cells use "Tab" key To enter a "hard return" when entering text press "Alt + return" Form updated on …. 1. PERSONAL DETAILS Name A.N. Other Date of registration 9/30/02 Source of funding Edinburgh University Universities attended Heriot Watt University Qualifications and dates B.Sc. (Hons) Ph.D. supervisors Professor Andrew Harrison Dr. Gordon McDougall Field of Study Materials Electronic Record Form 2. TRAINING (N.B. It is not essential to have entries in every category) YEAR 1 YEAR 2 YEAR 3 Activity Hours Activity Hours Activity Hours Student Seminar Programme Attended (section(s) and hours) Oral Presentations to Research Group and/or Section (title and duration) Demonstrating and other teaching duties (Class taught and contact hours; Training undertaken and hours; Marking undertaken and hours) Contribution to Open Days and Applicant's Visits, Schools' Visits and Public Understanding of Science Events (activity and duration) Participation in the Pupil-Researcher Initiative (School and duration) Delegated Assistant in the Supervision of Specified Honours Project Student(s) (Honours Student name and approx hours) Provision of Unique Specialist Techniques to other Researchers (technique and hours) Participation in Committees and Organisation of Seminar Programmes Attendance at School Visiting Speaker Colloquia (give speaker, topic and date) - N.B. Student must attend at least 50% of these Training Undertaken in Safety, IT or other transferable skills. Scientific Lecture Courses Attended (title and duration of course) Conferences attended and posters presented (conference, duration and presentation type) Monitoring: End of 1st Year • Submit Report and Record Form • Oral exam with supervisor + 1 other staff member (plus 2nd supervisor if you want) • You will be asked about your project, including basic background. Also content of seminars. • Student receives written outcomes • Transfer to full Ph.D. status depends on outcome Monitoring: End of 2nd Year • Submit 1 page Abstract, 1 page Thesis outline and Record Form • Practise oral with supervisor + 1 other staff member • Student receives written outcomes Monitoring: End of 3rd Year • Firbush talk. Discuss progress with supervisor & complete a form to record outcomes. • Submit thesis • Oral examination by External Examiner and Internal Examiner • Get PhD!