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School of Earth and Environment Faculty of Environment. Induction Meeting Postgraduate Research Degree Study PhD MPhil MSc by Research October 2012. School of Earth and Environment Faculty of Environment. Induction Programme Today: 10.00 Welcome: Head of School

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school of earth and environment faculty of environment
School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment
  • Induction Meeting
  • Postgraduate Research Degree Study
  • PhD
  • MPhil
  • MSc by Research
  • October 2012
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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment
  • Induction Programme
  • Today:
  • 10.00 Welcome: Head of School
  • 10.10 Studying with us: PGR Tutor
  • 10.50 Get involved:
      • Sustainability Action Group, Sarah Bradbury and Jen Dyer
      • Chatmosphere, Erin Dawkins
  • 11.00 Coffee break***
  • 11.30 Group photograph (meet in foyer)
  • 12.00 Department Tours: Jerry and Bob
  • 12.30 Campus Tours: Student Reps
  • 13.00-14.00 Room allocation, photos, keys
  • 14.00-16.00 SRI Induction (Seminar Room 3)
  • 3.30pm Welcome Party hosted by PhD Student Reps and then the Pub!

*** Registrations for***

Training for Teaching

PhD Essentials – Getting Started

Equality & Diversity

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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment
  • ….key facts
  • One of the UK’s very best research departments for Earth and environmental science; second only to Edinburgh (RAE2008)
  • One of the largest research clusters of environmental and social scientists in the UK and internationally
  • Over 100 research active staff
  • Over 200 research degree students (PGR)
  • Over 150 taught postgraduate Masters (PGT)
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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment
  • …our mission
  • to combine world-class Earth and environment sciences with environmental social sciences in both fundamental and applied research
  • RAE 2008
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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment
  • …key people
  • Professor Andy Dougill, Head of School
  • Professor Rob Mortimer, Deputy Head
  • Professor Martyn Chipperfield, Director of the Environment Faculty Graduate School
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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment
  • …key people
  • Heads of Research Institutes:
  • Institute for Climate and Atmospheric Science (ICAS): Dr Steven Dobbie
  • Earth Surface Science Institute (ESSI): Dr Cris Little
  • Institute of Geophysics and Tectonics (IGT): Professor Graham Stuart
  • Sustainability Research Institute (SRI): Dr Lindsay Stringer
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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment
  • …key contacts
  • Dr Sebastian Rost ………………………… PGR Tutor
  • Dr Caroline Peacock………….............. Deputy PGR Tutor
  • Mrs Michelle Lesnianski…..………….. PGR Administrator
  • Mrs Angela Gardner…………………….. PGR Support Assistant
  • Dr Luuk Fleskens…………………………. SRI Director of Postgraduate Research
  • Dr Patricia Gray…………………………… Faculty Skills Training Hub Leader
  • H&S Co-ordinators………………………. Dr David Banks, Fieldwork
  • Mr Jerry Lee, Building/Facilities
  • Mrs Jane-Marie Stocks, Labs/Workshops
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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment
  • University Graduate Board
  • Faculty of Environment Graduate School Committee
  • School Research Committee

…management structure

  • Head of School
  • Postgraduate Research Tutor
  • Research Degree Student (You!) …. Supervisor/RSG
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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment
  • …key documents
  • University Code of Practice and Faculty Protocol
  • SEE Postgraduate Research Student Handbook
  • University Research Student Handbook
  • All documents, web links, forms and handbooks are available online via
  • the School PGR web page:
  • http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/current/research-pg/index.htm
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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment
  • …our aim
  • To train you to be capable of independent research
      • Evidence of originality
      • Evidence of independent critical ability
      • Undertaking research suitable for publication
  • To train you to be an employable graduate
      • 73 % of graduates since 2008 have gone into other academic employment
      • 39 % work outside of the UK
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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment
  • …aims of research degree study
  • Advancement of knowledge
  • Acquisition of key research skills
  • Award is a recognition of such a level of professional competence and innovative skills that you can be expected to undertake effective research without the need for supervision
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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment
  • …aims of research degree study
  • Capacity to work to deadlines
  • Ability to present concise but informative verbal and written reports
  • Understanding of potential safety risks generated by your work
  • Technical competence alone is insufficient to merit the award of PhD; you must have significantly advanced knowledge in your field and demonstrate a broad understanding of the scientific and societal context of your research.
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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment
  • …at the end of your PhD you should have:
  • Completed work that is innovative and which has made a significant advancement in knowledge is your field
  • Presented a concise high quality thesis of 100,000 words (300 pages)
  • A sound knowledge of the literature and data sources in your subject
  • A good understanding of the concepts underpinning your research field
  • Competence in the techniques used in the study and understanding of the principles of methods utilized in the instrumentation and in any limitations to the equipment used
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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment
  • …at the end of your PhD you should have:
  • The ability to design and execute your own research without guidance
  • An appreciation of the appropriate means of analysis, including (where appropriate) the processing of data obtained and in the computer manipulation of results and graphical presentations
  • The capability to present your work in a concise logical and coherent manner
  • An understanding of the potential hazards associated with your field and knowledge of the relevant COSHH legislation
  • Awareness of scientific ethics and professional conduct of research
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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment
  • …supervision and support
  • Pastoral care
  • The PGRT is your personal tutor. You can contact him with any issues related to your studies.
  • The PGRT holds a drop-in session each month (dates are advertised in the School’s newsletter and on the School’s plasma screens). At these sessions, you can call in and discuss your progress, the supervision that you are receiving, and to raise any concerns that you may have, in confidence. If the PGRT is your supervisor, then you can arrange to see a nominee.
  • Any issues can be brought to the School’s management committee via your Institute Student Representative.
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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment
  • …your supervision/examination team
  • You will have a Lead Supervisor who will take primary responsibility for your research degree supervision
  • You will have a co-supervisor
  • You may have an external supervisor (CASE awards, collaborations)
  • You will have a Transfer (upgrade) Examiner
  • You may have a Transfer (upgrade) Chair
  • You will have an Internal AND an External Examiner for your PhD viva (part-time students who are also members of staff will have an Internal and 2 External Examiners)
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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment
  • …your supervisors’ responsibilities
  • day-to-day/regularsupervision
  • encouragement to attend relevant lectures, seminars and scientific meetings
  • to assist in defining the problem to be tackled in the course of the research
  • to assist in producing a realistic and achievable timetable
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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment
  • …your supervisors’ responsibilities
  • to discuss your training needs and agree a training plan annually
  • agreeing to at least 10 supervision meetings each year (FT) and agreeing the notes of each meeting (5 meetings per annum for Part-time and Split-site study)
  • to comment on written work submitted by you
  • to provide written feedback on your progress
  • to generally advise on your research and preparation of your thesis
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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment
  • …what we expect from you
  • to arrange and attend a formal training plan meetingwith your supervisor each year
  • to arrange and attend regular supervisory meetings and to seek out your supervisor as problems arise
  • to carry out research effectively and to submit regular written progress reports, within agreed timescales and to a satisfactory standard
  • all of the above is monitored on your on-line PDR System record and must be kept up-to-date via http://www.pdr.leeds.ac.uk
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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment
  • …what we expect from you
  • dedication and application to your research
  • wide reading in and around your subject and maintenance of a literature database
  • periodic review of the plan of your proposed research and discussion of any suggested variation with your supervisor
  • attendance at any courses, lectures, seminars and conferences as agreed in your skills training analysis
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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment
  • …what we expect of you
  • to promptly draw the attention of your Supervisor or PGR Tutor/Administrator to any serious concerns, requests for suspensions/extensions, or any other matter which you consider important and which may affect your time spent at Leeds
  • adherence to laboratory regulations and health and safety instructions
  • to complete your PhD within 3 years where possible – we will aim for but cannot guarantee a workplace (desk/pc) beyond 3 years
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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment

Year 1: Progression summary (assumes Full-time PhD study)

Core research and 10 supervision meetings to be documented throughout the year on the on-line PDR System

Registration: as ‘Provisional’ PhD until ‘Transfer’ at end of Year 1; Induction Meeting; Initial training courses.

Month 1: Training Skills Analysis with supervisors

Month 6: Attend Publications Masterclass run by Professor Alan Haywood.

Submit mid-year report and arrange meeting with supervisory panel to discuss your summary of achievements, particular strengths, goals for progression to successful transfer/upgrade. Arrange Transfer Examiner and date for viva.

Month 9-11: Present ‘Transfer’ talk to Institute members. Produce Transfer/Upgrade Report and signed Statement of Academic Integrity and submit on PDR System.

Month 11: Advise the PDRA when your on-line PDR System record is up-to-date with: training plan, 10 supervision meeting reports, 6 months report and meeting notes; transfer report and recommendation. You will then be able to Register for Year 2.

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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment

Year 2: Progression summary

Registration: as ‘PhD’ or other category, following decision of Transfer Panel

Core research and 10 supervision meetings to be held throughout the year using the PDR System

Month 13: Training Skills Analysis update with supervisors

Months 22-23: Submit 21 months report OR publication which can be in draft if not yet published. Arrange meeting with supervisors and complete 21 Months progression meeting pro forma.

Month 24: Advise PDRA when on-line PDR System is up-to-date with: training plan, 10 supervision meeting reports, 24 months report/publication and associated meeting notes. You will then be permitted to proceed to on-line registration for Year 3.

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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment

Year 3: Progression summary

Core research and 10 supervision meetings to be recorded throughout the year at the on-line PDR System

Registration

Month 25: Training Skills Analysis update with supervisors

Months 33: Agree outline of PhD thesis chapters and commence writing-up. Arrange meeting with supervisors and complete 33 Months progression meeting notes. Discuss Internal and External Examiners, and prepare and submit Exam Entry form to PGRA.

Month 36: Advise PGRA when PDR System is up-to-date with: training plan, 10 supervision meeting minutes, outline of PhD thesis chapters and draft of one chapter, and 33 months meeting notes. If you are not ready to submit your thesis by now, you will be required to Register for Year 4 which is normally the ‘overtime’ /writing-up year. We recommend that you have a mock viva as part of your preparation for the real thing!

Finally: submission of 300 page (100,000 words) thesis and viva!

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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment
  • …at least once during your studentship
  • attend an international conference
  • present at the University’s Showcase Postgraduate Research Conference
  • attend a UK Grad School ‘vitae’ if you are sponsored by a UK research council
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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment
  • …recommended training courses:
  • Managing your Supervisor!
  • A balancing act – dealing with the stress of doing a research degree
  • Preparing for your Transfer/Preparing for your viva
  • Full list of University courses at:
  • http://www.sddu.leeds.ac.uk/sddu-index-of-research-student-courses.html
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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment
  • …musts
  • Students whose first language is not English must take the University English Language Test (UELT) to assess the level of support needed from the Language Centre.
  • Information about the test is on The Language Centre web pages:
  • http://www.leeds.ac.uk/languages/facility/intl_inf.htm
  • Tests can normally be taken on Friday afternoons.
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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment
  • …musts
  • … your help will be needed for demonstrating in our labs and leading tutorials – to be eligible you must receive training – registrations will be taken during the coffee break and this afternoon 1-2pm in this Seminar Room:
  • Training for Teaching: Wednesday 10 October 9.30-16.30
  • Geography Building Room 1.40
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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment
  • …musts
  • PhD Essentials - Getting Started: Thursday 4 October OR Thursday 18 October – sign up for one of these dates at the coffee break
  • Library Skills:
  • Choose one of 4 dates advertised for each of these sessions (see the induction programme) and book a place on-line via the Faculty Training and Development Calendar. You must attend both sessions in this order:
  • Pt. 1: Search and Save: Information searching
  • Pt. 2: Working with Literature: Impact, note-taking and reading
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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment
  • …musts
  • Your personal web page:
  • We will create your page and add:
  • name, photograph, location, project name, supervisors and start date
  • You should add:
  • biography
  • project details
  • Publications
  • Link to personal page if you have one
  • Example of a good page is http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/people/n.higgs
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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment
  • Finally……looking forward
  • REF 2014
  • (Research Excellent Framework)
  • Submitted: November 2013
  • Publication of Outcomes: December 2014
  • Several current students are included with 4* papers
  • We need your support!
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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment
  • …tomorrow
  • Here :
  • Coffee from 9.30 and introductory sessions running from 9.45am
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School of Earth and EnvironmentFaculty of Environment
  • For all updates….handbooks….forms and
  • pro formas….web links….
  • http://www.see.leeds.ac.uk/current/research-pg
  • and check your email regularly!
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