In 2020-2021, we offer Year 4 students the following optional workshop to help them better prepare for the aftermath of graduation:
Make the most of your final year (online, 11 November 2020, 10:00-16:00)
If you are interested in joining third-year students who will be attending this workshop, please register by emailing EASTBIO by the 2nd of November. A link will be sent directly to students who will have registered by that date.
In the final year of your PhD, we expect you to focus on finishing your research project and writing up your thesis.
With the end in sight, make sure that you know what is expected of you in terms of thesis formatting, submission and examination procedures and regulations.
- If you are still finding it difficult to get into a regular writing habit, consider attending a writing retreat.
- Ensure you know the standards required for your thesis. Become an expert proof reader!
- Prepare as best you can for the viva examination.
- Continue to build a plan for your career post-degree.
- Although this can be a stressful time, do still plan for breaks and taking time out for yourself.
1 Making the most of your final year - Edinburgh, 13 November 2019
What students said about the workshop in previous years:
"The small group, lots of individual attention and skills exercises."
"The speaker was great. Really useful advice and a good chance to reflect on how to get the most of this year."
"Flexibility in the content provided."
"Disscusion of planning to write papers and fellowship application. I thought the speaker giving the course was excellent, and had lots of useful advice and answered all questions well."
"Perhaps a bit more emphasis on self-reflection so that decision of what to do after PhD would become clearer (not just what I want to do but also what I can)."
"Workshop was very well presented, providing useful and relevant information. Was useful to hear about the course leader’s experiences moving through academia then starting a company. Has helped me understand what I should be focusing on in final year."
2 Post-graduation Skills - St Andrews, Lower College Hall, 6 March 2020
What our students said about the workshop in previous years: