There are a wide variety of Research Skills and Professional Development activities in the Department of Engineering, the School of Technology and the University. All first-year students in the Department are required to attend a Research and Communications Club (RCC). The RCCs are held within Research Groups and sessions include research skills, presentation skills, writing skills, review of technical papers, etc. Most groups meet once a week during term-time.
In addition, students should attend Research Skills Lectures arranged by the Department:
- Getting the Best out of Your Supervisor
- Introduction to Research
- Issue Analysis and Hypothesis Driven Research
The following workshops arranged by the School of Technology and the Graduate Development Team are considered essential for first-year students:
- How to Write a First Year Report
- Project Management
- Time Management
In addition, students should attend two or three workshops/lectures organised by the Graduate Development Team. We recommend Presentation Skills and 1-2-1 Skills Analysis.
Second- and Third-Year Students
There are no compulsory transferable courses for students in their second and third years. Students should attend a variety of classes offered by the University. In addition, students can attend any of the first-year sessions, including the RCCs. All students should attend a Grad-School in their second or third year. EPSRC expect all students funded by them to attend at least one Grad-School. Third/fourth year students are also recommended to attend the Graduate Development Programme (GDP) course: Finishing Up and Moving On.
Transferable Skills Training is offered by the Graduate Development Team and the University Library. Courses at the Computing Service also count as Transferable Skills Training. Many other activities can be regarded as Transferable Skills Training and can be listed on the Transferable Skill Log Sheet.