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The Doctoral Training Center (DTC) Seminar Series,

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


2nd Thursday of each month

(See program)




Faraday Lecture Room C (Tentative)
Singleton Campus
Swansea University

The CoS DTC Web Page


Robert S. Laramee
Introduction: 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 seminar 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 will be shaped over the forthcoming months.

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.

[13 October 2016] Introduction to the CoS DTC Seminar Series and
Making the Most of Any Meeting: Especially Scientific Ones ( video )
[10 November 2016] How To Read a Scientific Research Paper: Extracting the Essentials ( video )
[8 December 2016] How To Conduct a Scientific Literature Survey: A Starting Point ( video )
[9 February 2017] How To Structure and Write a Scientific Research Paper: A Starting Point ( video )
[9 March 2017] Visual Data Analysis and Visualization in Science ( video )
[4 May 2017] Interactive Visual Data Analysis and Visualization: In Practice (Tableau) ( video )
[8 June 2017] Using Video Media to Promote Science (Quicktime + Imovie + YouTube) ( video )
[29 June 2017] The College of Science DTC Poster Day Event ( web page )
( The whole CoS DTC seminar series 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 still work-in-progress. 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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