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					The Graduate School
• 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
• Impact: improved access
  to equipment; joint
  training activities (see
               Post-Graduate Induction:
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
                         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
• Progress of the student is
  monitored and assessed.
• Formal instruction is
  given on safety matters
           The Graduate School

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
                        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 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
  – Represent the School externally, at conferences,
    schools liaison etc.
                     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
• 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
• 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
  – 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,
  – Career sessions (eg cv improvement,
    interview technique)
  – Case Studies
                   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
• Two night residential stay
  at Firbush point Field
  Centre (Loch Tay) around
• Final year students give a
  talk of around 50 - 60
• 2nd year students present
  a poster
• Staff, postdocs and some
  1st year students attend if
      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

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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
           Monitoring: End of 2nd Year
• Submit 1 page Abstract, 1 page Thesis
  outline and Record Form
• Practise oral with supervisor + 1 other staff
• Student receives written outcomes
          Monitoring: End of 3rd Year
• Firbush talk. Discuss progress with
  supervisor & complete a form to record
• Submit thesis
• Oral examination by External Examiner
  and Internal Examiner
• Get PhD!