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PhD Induction Programme for School of Life and Medical Sciences (SLMS)

Course Description

This course is for research students in the School of Life and Medical Sciences.

This two and a half day training programme (Mon 06th – Wed 08th October 2014) is intended to introduce the research student to the basic skills and research culture essential for a successful pathway to a PhD. It will also bring together researchers and students from many disciplines. The course includes a variety of sessions including: keeping lab notebooks, Health and Safety, Ethical research, submission of papers for publications, presentation of research, stress and time management, strategies to survive your PhD and a workshop on literature searches and the use of EndNote.

You also will have the opportunity to listen to students who have embarked on the PhD journey and their views from the faculty.

Teas, coffee and sandwich will be provided. There will be two receptions on the Mon 06th – Tue 07th October for participants to interact with speakers in a more informal environment.

For specific information please check the scheduled timetable (click here).

Programme organisers are Dr Morgana Vianna and Dr Adam Roberts.

Dr Morgana Vianna (m.vianna@ucl.ac.uk) Dr. Vianna is a Clinical Lecturer in Endodontology, Programme Coordinator for the Master courses in Endondotology, Deputy Director of Education for the Eastman Dental institute and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Dr. Vianna graduated in 1993 from the University of São Paulo, Brazil, where she also specialized in endodontology in 1996. While working in the government sectors, she specialized in Public Health (1998), completed an MSc in 2002 and PhD in 2006 in Clinical Dentistry (Endodontics) at the Piracicaba Dental School, University of Campinas, Brazil and University Hospital RWTH, Aachen, Germany. Her research is focused on the microbiology of oral infections, such as endodontic infections and periodontitis.

Dr Adam Roberts (adam.roberts@ucl.ac.uk) Adam was appointed as a Research Fellow at the Eastman in 1999, promoted to Lecturer in 2006 and to Senior Lecturer in 2012 and he is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Adam graduated with an Honours degree in Applied Biology from Coventry University in 1995. In 1996 he began research at the Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Aberdeen, investigating the molecular genetics Clostridium difficile. He moved from Aberdeen to the Eastman Dental Institute in 1998 to complete his PhD and has been there ever since. His research group investigates the genetic basis for transferable antibiotic resistance in various bacterial pathogens.

"Very useful course for a 1st year PhD student. Well organised. Also a very good chance to make more friends there. I would like to highly recommend this course!"

"A useful course and a good introduction to your PhD. The course covers all aspects of undertaking a PhD and what it entails, including practical sessions (e.g. Reference Manager, E-log). I found it extremely useful, and I recommend it to all new PhD students."

"An excellent overview and introduction to your PhD; the course covered many aspects of the PhD process which was very helpful."
"I strongly recommend this course to all, especially first year, PhD students. It is extremely helpful to give an overview on the PhD study and pretty helpful to avoid common mistakes that usually happen, and also a very good opportunity to find lots of friends across UCL."

"A great introduction to the PhD. Take note of those around you and remember them when you are feeling stressed and overwhelmed - you are not alone."

"A very good course to take, not only if you are just starting you PhD but also if you are half way through. It covers so many topics, some of the important ones are presentation skills, paper and poster preparations, stress and time management. I found many of the modules interesting and informative, and most of the lecturers were professional in their field and gave high-quality talks."

"I can highly recommend this course to all new research students. It is a great oportunity to meet people from different disciplines and especially to get a great overview about very relevant skills. It covers most of the very useful skills for a PhD student and gives you an insight what you might want to improve especially when you were not aware of it."

Researcher Development Framework Categories

A1) Knowledge base

Course Recommended for

This course is particularly relevant to the following groups:

  • 1st Year Research Students
  • Students in Life Sciences
  • Students in Medical Sciences

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