Introduction Introduction

The Personal and Professional Development (PPD) training programme for postgraduate research students of the Faculty of Science (SCI) is designed with two aims in mind. Firstly to help your research get off to a flying start and then to develop a range of advanced skills to facilitate your postgraduate studies while simultaneously paving the way to your future career. Within the programme, there are elements to broaden your scientific knowledge and enhance the transferable skills needed for successful postgraduate research and to launch the next stage of your career.

The PPD training programme was launched in 2009 in response to the requirements of the UK Research Councils for researcher training and development. These requirements emphasise the importance of generic research training and preparation for a professional career. Since then the training programme has evolved in response to feedback from postgraduate researchers and the priorities of the Research Councils. Academics and research staff from across SCI are involved in the training, together with staff from the wider UEA and Norwich Research Park. We also have a range of external contributors who provide training in specialist areas.

The onus is on you to take full advantage of the opportunities on offer through a personalised training programme. You will design this programme in discussion with your research supervisor to develop your chosen skills in a timely manner as you progress through the research and writing of your thesis and prepare for the next steps in your chosen career.