Year 1: Foundation training

The EASTBIO Health group meeting (Stirling, 3 October 2022)


Your first year (2022/23) comprises the following training elements:


Induction Day activities (3-4 October 2022, Stirling; 10 points)

Placements Q&A event (online, 2nd of February 2023; 10 points); the CASE Placements Q&A session (for students on Collaborative Placements only) rescheduled for the 6th of February, 2:30-3:30; details to be sent to students directly. All students are strongly encouraged to attend the student talks at 12:30 on the 2nd of February (link to be shared with students directly).

Thematic meetings (4 in year 1, starting from December 2022; student-led; in alternating months; 40 points)

Foundation Masterclasses - Set 1 (30 points)

Presentation Skills training (via host institution; 10 points)

The Resilient Researcher Workshop (online, 5 & 8 September 2023; mandatory for first-year students)

Enterprise Skills Development (10 points) - for Collaborative students only

Public Engagement activities, 2 days per year (via host institution; student-led)

Annual Symposium (Edinburgh, 12-13 June 2023; 10 points)     

Research Integrity online training (via host institution; 10 points)       

Student-Selected Development (optional):

Foundation Masterclasses - Set 2 and Set 3 (10 points per course)

SysMIC course (via competitive application; 20 points for SysMIC Module I)

Advanced Bioscience Skills (no points in year 1; 10 points per course in year 2)

Click on each heading above to see more details about each training component.

EASTBIO PhD Professional Development Record & Sign-Up Form

To enable us to deliver our bespoke EASTBIO training, we ask all first-year students to submit an editable online Sign-Up Form by 1st of November 2022.  Students will also be asked to submit their PhD Professional Development Form by the end of September 2023 and again by the end of September 2024, with details of all the training they will have had by these deadline(s); both mandatory and optional training should be included. EASTBIO-related training should amount to a total of 200 points by the end of their second year of PhD study. Documents will be circulated to students directly.

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