Year 3: Professional Training

Year 3 comprises the following basic elements:

  1. Professional Internships for PhD Students (PIPS; mandatory)
  2. Residential Student Retreat (Transferable skills; mandatory)
  3. Advanced core bioscience skills (optional)


Click on each heading for more details.

Click on the image on the right for an overview of the training calendar 2017-2018 per year cohort.

In year 3, you will be undertaking your PIPS, which you will have planned and prepared for in the first two years of your study. For more details, visit the PIPS page here.

The third year is kept mostly free from other mandatory training events, with the exception of students invited to share their unique PIPS experiences with fellow EASTBIO students, at the PIPS Q&A event (Dundee, 9 February 2018, 10:30-15:30) and the Symposium (Edinburgh, 11-12 June 2018).

2 EASTBIO Residential Student Retreat: Firbush, 11-13 April 2018 (this event is mandatory for third-year students; students from other cohorts can also attend upon request)

The 2018 Retreat was organised by the following third-year student reps - they acted by liaising with the entire cohort regarding ideas about activities at the Retreat:

Emily Parr (University of Edinburgh)
Jacob Hargreaves (University of Aberdeen)

Retreat 2018 Schedule.

Third-year students at the Student Retreat, Firbush 11 April 2018

What did students say about the Retreat:

"Doing the outdoor activities was great bonding and also a refreshing change from day to day life."
"The balance of activities and discussion of future research early career was good. Activities enabled a good environment to talk to other students, where before there has not been much time to interact during training. Good time of year to hold the event also."
"[I enjoyed] the presentations from past Eastbio students. It's always good to be given advice from someone who has been through the same thing

What to bring.
Declaration form (to be filled in and handed out upon arrival)

Practical arrangements:
The accommodation comprises a total of 30 spaces: 8 x 4 bed rooms, 1 x 3 bed and 1 x 2 bed room (all bunks).
Travel: Return coach trips are booked from Aberdeen and Edinburgh to Firbush Point Outdoor Centre, Killin, Perthshire FK21 8SU. Dundee-based and St Andrews-based students are kindly asked to arrive at the pick up points of their choice in time for a timely departure. Details:

Aberdeen: Departure 11 April, 9:00 from University of Aberdeen, Bedford Road, Sird Duncan Rice Library, Aberdeen, AB23 3AA.
Edinburgh: Departure 11 April, 10:00 from Michael Swan Building, King's Buildings, Max Born Crescent, University of Edinburgh, EH9 3BF.
Firbush: Departure 13 April 12:00, both coaches.

About the event, in general:

EASTBIO will provide funding and support to student representatives to organise a 3rd-year Student Retreat at the Firbush Point Outdoor Centre, located on the south shore of Loch Tay near Killin. During the retreat, we expect you to discuss your research project, your future career plans and how you will stay in touch with EASTBIO and with each other after you finish your PhD. EASTBIO will provide additional support for these retreats should you decide to invite speakers or run a specific transferable skills workshop. The retreat also gives ample chance to relax and have fun with outdoor activities.


Photos from the 2017 event

Past events:

2017 Student Retreat
The 2017 retreat was organised by:

Omar Alfituri (University of Edinburgh)
James Clugston (University of Edinburgh)
Leili Soo (University of Aberdeen)

2016 Student Retreat

In 2016, the Student Retreat, organised by the third-year student reps, took place from the 1st to the 3rd of February, with a number of outdoors and social activities.

Third year EASTBIO students at the Firbush Centre (1-3 February 2016)