Department of Engineering

Professional Development

Professional Development

First-Year Students

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:

  • How to do Research in Engineering
  • An introduction to Intellectual Property
  • Managing your Research Data
  • Literature Searching: Why Google Scholar is not enough

The following workshops arranged by the Department are considered to be useful for first-year students:

  • How to Write a First Year Report
  • How to be an Effective Researcher
  • One-to-one Skills analysis
  • Presentation Skills


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.