By Claire Asher
A huge welcome to the third cohort of the London NERC DTP, who started their PhD’s today! I’m your Impact and Innovation Officer – which means over the next few months I’ll be helping you to develop collaborations with industry, NGOs and other non-academic partners; I’ll be helping teach you academic and popular writing, and running the Natural Environment Blog (which you’ll all be contributing to!); as well as running the website and working on the occasional public engagement project.
This website should be your first point of call for all DTP information – I’ve been working on it a lot and I will be continuing to add new features and information. You can find out about the training in your first two terms here, and the student calendar will tell you what your training schedule will be over the next few weeks and months. I’m always keen to hear suggestions for how to improve the website, so if there’s something missing that you’d like to see, let me know!
As you think about potential PhD projects, you can browse our list of Exemplar Projects for inspiration! You’ll have the chance to speak to potential supervisors in person at the Meet the Supervisors days at each institution, and every Thursday.
Strength in Numbers
Your fellow students are your greatest resource – not only within your own cohort but across the years. Some of you will have already met the other two cohorts at the Joint Summer Conference, but there’ll be more opportunities in the future. You can read more about their experiences so far right here on the blog.
If you’re looking for someone specific, check the Student Directory – each DTP student has a profile there that tells you a bit about their research and how to get in touch.You’ll all have profiles soon too, so don’t forget to update them! You can find your profile by visiting https://london-nerc-dtp.org/profile/SurnameFirstInitial. These profiles will be set up after induction week, once you’ve all registered and had your photos taken.
You also have four Student Representatives who meet with the management board on a regular basis and can rely and concerns, suggestions or feedback you might have.
And, by the way, if you’d like to contribute to the blog please get in touch with me directly at email@example.com. As I mentioned, you’ll all be writing something for the blog as part of your Skills Friday’s training this term, but you can contribute a post any time you like. Just email me with your ideas and we’ll go from there.
Some of you may already blog elsewhere – if so I’d love to include your posts in our “Student Blogs Around the Web” feed – just send me the URL of your blog, let me know whether you’re the sole contributor or part of a team, and I’ll add it to the feed that appears on the right-hand side of the main blog page.
If you have questions, try the student FAQs page first – if your question isn’t there please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll add more FAQs as we receive them, so over time this page will become more and more useful.
A warm welcome
For now, I hope you all enjoy your induction week at UCL, and I look forward to meeting you all over the next few weeks.