Students at work

Our programme provides training that equips students with the skills and knowledge they will need to become a future leader in their field. We do this by providing students with training opportunities that address key skills shortages identified below; an aspect which gives distinct advantage in future employment prospects.

How the training is structured

During the first year, the cohort attends five one-day workshops in broad ranging areas which NERC has identified as priority skills.  Each training day is delivered by a team of academics and external experts in a dynamic and interactive way.  As well as learning, these training days provide students with a meaningful way to interact with their cohort. 

 

Modules

Innovation

Students gain an understanding of the creative problem solving process in order to find innovative solutions, and are exposed to entrepreneurs who impact and shape the world's economy and environment.

Modelling

Examples of specific applications from research and practice are used to increase awareness of modelling, including model hierarchies, assessment of model error, and design and diagnosis of experiments.

Understanding Risk & Uncertainty

Experts highlight different types of risk and uncertainty which are relevant for scientific research, and present possible methods of quantifying and visualizing some aspects of uncertainty.

Sustainability & TRP

Sustainability

The concept of sustainability is explored in relation to its importance to business/society. The module provides both the theoretical foundations of sustainability, as well as concrete examples of our it is put into practice from the viewpoints of business civil society, and government.

Translating Research into Practice

Students are encouraged to think about the role of a scientist and how they engage with diverse audiences. The workshops address the relationship between scientific research and policy-making, and help students understand how different audiences might respond to scientific communication.