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Current Postgraduate Students

 

FAMILIARISING YOURSELF WITH YOUR TRAINING RECORD/REQUIREMENTS

It is really important that you fully consider and manage your training profile on a regular basis, as well as maintaining a record of it on a regular basis throughout your studies: this will ensure you have a clear picture of all the achievements you have made when it comes to the point at which you need to leave us and seek your next study opportunity/employment.  To do that effectively, we have created a simple web page to enable you to do this in a really straightforward and meaningful way.

WHAT IS YOUR TRAINING RECORD USED FOR?

During your first year at the Department of Chemistry, your attendance at our compulsory courses will automatically be monitored by the Grad Ed Team, who will be in contact with you if we notice that you are struggling to keep up with these (it is often a sign that people need some additional help or support if they cannot complete the compulsory elements).

You will then be asked to simply confirm on your Declaration form that you have completed these when you submit your first year probationary report: this is an integral part of successful completion your first year probationary review.

GUIDANCE FOR PHD STUDENTS

In addition to the compulsory elements carried out during the first year, because we recognise how fundamental researcher development is to your overall experience at Cambridge and your ultimate job prospects, we ask that all of our students take on average 30 days of training throughout their PhD.  We sincerely hope that you will embrace the opportunities you have here (these courses are 'free' to you now but will come at a high price when you leave us!).

GUIDANCE FOR MPHIL STUDENTS

Because we recognise that MPhil students are time-poor, we ask only that a reduced selection of compulsory first year PhD training elements be undertaken by our MPhils, although of course any MPhil student is free to join whichever other training elements or researcher development opportunities are useful or relevant to them.  

STUDENTS WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED SIMILAR TRAINING ELEMENTS PREVIOUSLY, E.G. ARRIVING FROM A CDT OR PREVIOUS MPHIL STUDENTS

Students that have previously completed an MPhil in our Department may carry over their training activities to their PhD.

Any student joining us with previous experience of similar training elements, e.g. following a year of rotations/training within a DTP/CDT or otherwise may:

  • opt out of compulsory sessions which repeat training they have covered before;
  • include other non-compulsory training they carried out during their first CDT/DTP year as a part of this Training Record.

Please email the graduate education team to let them know if this is the case and if so what the course was that you undertook and why it would be a duplication to attend the compulsory element it replaces: we will then update your record of attendance accordingly.

FORMAT OF TRAINING RECORD

You are able to access your full Training Record using an on-line University certified training platform, which includes

  1. All graduate courses within the Chemistry Department which you have swiped in for (compulsory and optional) inside the Chemistry Department, registered by the swipe phone directly into the University Training Booking System (UTBS). 
  2. Courses offered across the university at various departments including all Researcher Development (RD) Activities and Personal and Professional Development (PPD).

If you wish to download your certificate, please do so here.

We also recommend that you keep record of and update regularly all other aspects of your training, including other academic courses (such as undergraduate/external graduate lectures), seminars, key research outputs, meetings with your supervisor, collaborations and placements both inside the Department (if not recorded automatically in the Department of Chemistry by swipe phone) and outside the Department/University.  

Please also note that the training (FS6, FS7, FS23 & FS24) which constitutes the Core Skills Training Programme (CSTP) is being independently monitored by the Researcher Development Department and will be shared with us. These training elements will not be included in the University Certified Training.