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The Doctoral Training Center (DTC) Community Event Series,

A Program of the College of Science (CoS),
Swansea University


2nd Tuesday of each month

(See program)


13:00 and 14:00


See Programme for Rooms
Singleton Campus
Swansea University

The CoS DTC Web Page

The CoS DTC Peer-2-Peer Mentoring Scheme


Robert S. Laramee

Previous Seminars:

The College of Science Doctoral Training Center fosters adventurous, ambitious researchers who want to work with impact and purpose. One of our goals is to foster a growing, vibrant community of PhD students across the College. This community is a key dynamic in our drive to be the most creative place to carry out science globally. The DTC and Seminar series provides a competitive advantage to our PhD researchers, preparing them for industry and academe that increasingly seeks out "T" shaped thinkers: deeply skilled in a discipline/set of methods who can also connect broadly with others.

Every Science researcher is invited to take part in the community events, seminars, and program of activities organized by the CoS DTC. All Science students funded by the Science DTC are required to enrol in the program. Students undertaking research training within the College of Science, are expected to join the DTC as an associate member. The details of the program can be found below.

The CoS DTC Community Events: Our CoS DTC Community Events consist of two parts. The first hour involves a buffet lunch targeted at first and second year PhD students in the CoS (but open to all PhD candidates). During the buffet lunch, first year PhD students meet more experienced students giving them an opportunity to exchange stories, advice, best practices, and any other information that may serve useful.

The second hour moves to the DTC Seminar Series. The CoS DTC Seminar Series is targeted at first year PhD students, but again is open to all PhD candidates, especially those who did not have the chance to attend last year’s seminars, or those who would like a refresher now that they have their feet on the ground (and running). In the seminar series we cover many vital skills necessary for completing a PhD.

The Seminar Series: Writing a PhD is difficult. And those that are just starting a PhD in science have not usually acquired all of the key skills necessary for completion since they are not normally taught as part of an undergraduate curriculum. For example, how does a researcher navigate through the vast amounts of previously published literature related to their topic? Furthermore, for some, this may be their first time working on a larger, long-term project. Developing a large project requires more knowledge than implementing a small one.

The CoS DTC seminar series presents some of the essential skills that a PhD candidate in science acquires during their study including: reading and writing research papers, visual data analysis, using specialized software, and more.

[12 October 2017] October Community Event
Welcome Buffet Lunch in Science Central, Wallace Building.
The buffet lunch is targeted at first and second year PhD students in the CoS (but open to all PhD candidates).
Lunch is followed by the seminar:
Introduction to the CoS DTC Seminar Series and
How to Conduct Effective Meetings with your Supervisor
in Margam room 314.
[9 November 2017] November Community Event
Welcome Buffet Lunch in Science Central, Wallace Building.
Lunch is followed by the seminar.
On Close and Distant Reading of Scientific Research Papers
Location: Margam room 314.
[7 December 2017] December Community Event
Welcome Buffet Lunch in Science Central, Wallace Building.
Lunch is followed by the seminar.
Conducting a Scientific Literature Survey: A Starting Point
Location: Margam room 314.
[8 February 2018, Keir Hardie 248] Crafting and Structuring a Scientific Research Paper: A Starting Point
[8 March 2017, Kier Hardie 248] Visual Data Analysis and Visualization in Science
[10 May 2018, Kier Hardie 248] Interactive Visual Data Analysis and Visualization in Practice using Tableau
[14 June 2018, Vivian 516] Using Quicktime, Imovie, and YouTube to Promote Science
[TBA] The College of Science DTC Poster Day Event ( web page )
( The 2016-2017 CoS DTC seminar series video playlist )

Other candidate training seminar topics include:

  1. Interdisciplinary thinking and methods
  2. Research networking
  3. Responsible Innovation and Inquiry (as defined, for example by the EPSRC)
  4. Public Engagement and Impact
  5. Enterprise and entrepreneurism
  6. Funding your research
  7. Research-­led student engagement
  8. Communication skills
The current program of seminars is flexible. If you would like to see a specific seminar topic covered, please let us know.

Related Postgraduate Skills Training at Swansea University
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Related Postgraduate Skills Training Outside Swansea University
Social Media for Swansea's CoS PGR Students
  • Search for "Swansea University Postgraduate Students Group" on facebook.
  • Search for "Swansea University PGR Society" on facebook.
  • Search for "Swansea University Postgraduate Opportunities" on facebook.
Opportunities to Fund PGR Students
Funding Opportunities for CoS PGR Students including Travel
Other Useful Links
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This page is maintained by Robert S. Laramee.
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