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Title: The Graduate School

The Graduate School
  • Edinburgh and St Andrews have merged their
    research schools to form EaStCHEM, which is now
    among the largest in the UK.
  • Degree is awarded by UoE.
  • Impact improved access to equipment joint
    training activities (see later).

Post-Graduate Induction Chemistry
Todays Session
  • Introduction to the workings of the Graduate
    School (eg what its for!).
  • Safety Committee
  • Science Outreach
  • Chemical Societies
  • What we expect of you.
  • What you should expect of your supervisor the
    School of Chemistry.
  • Monitoring of Progress.

The Graduate School
  • The SoC Graduate School ensure that
  • Major services (NMR, X-ray, etc.) are available
    for the students research.
  • Training courses and Seminars
  • Progress of the student is monitored and
  • Formal instruction is given on safety matters

The Graduate SchoolCommittee
Simon Parsons (Director)
Neil Robertson (Assistant Director)
Perdita Barran
Mike Greaney
Annette Burgess Hazel Cox
Principal Supervisors
  • Your principal supervisor is expected to
  • Have a proven record of research
  • Be able to provide students with access to, and
    training in, the appropriate techniques and
    practical approaches
  • Encourage students to broaden their knowledge by
    critical reading of the scientific literature and
    attendance at seminars and conferences

Second Supervisors
  • Your second supervisor is expected to
  • Provide backup for the principal supervisor and
    the student.
  • When principal supervisor is absent.
  • Mediate in (rare) cases where there is a dispute
    between the student his principal supervisor.
  • May bring significant expertise to a project
  • Advise students on specific aspects of their
  • Should be involved in annual reviews.

  • Students are expected to
  • Play an active, and increasingly independent,
    part in the development of their research
  • Be skilled experimentalists towards the end of
    their MSc (or first year of PhD) and to be
    running the project towards the end of their PhD!
  • Develop presentation and communication skills
    improve data-handling and computational
    expertise develop transferable skills
  • Participate in and attend Research Seminars
  • Acquire teaching experience by participation in
    u/g instruction
  • Represent the School externally, at conferences,
    schools liaison etc.

Seminars Research Groupings
  • Research areas reflect main areas of activity in
    the School of Chemistry
  • Staff and research workers belong to one or more
  • Biophysical Chemistry
  • Chemical Biology
  • Inorganic Chemistry
  • Materials
  • Organic Synthesis
  • Chemical Physics
  • Structural Chemistry

Research Seminars
  • Attending and presenting seminars is a mandatory
    part of research training.
  • Visiting external speakers. Alternating sequence
  • Specialist seminars Go to seminars organised by
    your grouping.
  • School seminars ALL students should attend!
  • Research Groupings seminars (home session in
    which student presents others as appropriate)
    at least one per week)
  • Specialist EaStCHEM Visiting Fellows

  • You will encounter confidential information in
  • your own project (industry and other funded work)
  • work by colleagues in your laboratory
  • ideas results in internal seminars.
  • No disclosure outside UoE without clearance!
  • Unauthorised disclosure could
  • land us in court,
  • invalidate patent filings,
  • and involve high cost and great embarrassment!!

Transferable Skills Training
  • A range of lectures and training opportunities
  • At School, College or University level
  • Essential component of postgraduate study
  • Attendance required for award of PhD

Available Training - 1
  • PG lecture courses organised by School of
  • Synthesis (annual, given by postdocs)
  • NMR (biennial)
  • Advanced Techniques (biennial)
  • UG year4/5 lecture modules
  • e.g. X-ray crystallography, computational chem.
    Web-site course book.
  • College courses on transferable skills
  • Louisa Lawes Talk.

Available Training - 2
  • Paper Writing workshop (2nd year)
  • Thesis Writing workshop (3rd year)
  • EPSRC GRADschool Courses
  • Skills Development (eg communication, creativity)
  • Career sessions (eg cv improvement, interview
  • Case Studies
  • http//!eec

Available Training - 3
  • Computing service courses
  • data analysis, spread sheets, data bases
  • writing web pages
  • programming (JAVA, FORTRAN)
  • University safety courses
  • External courses
  • crystallography, magnetism, catalysis

Available Training - 4
  • School research seminars
  • RSC seminars
  • Research Grouping seminars
  • Structural, Materials, Inorganic
  • Organic Synthesis etc.
  • Annual residential PG conference at Firbush
    Point Field Centre
  • Annual meeting of graduate School

  • Two night residential stay at Firbush point Field
    Centre (Loch Tay) around Easter
  • Final year students give a talk of around 50 -
    60 mins
  • 2nd year students present a poster
  • Staff, postdocs and some 1st year students attend
    if possible

Annual Post-Graduate Meeting
  • Held in May
  • Four 30 min talks from best student
    representatives of different research areas
  • Highlights the wide range of Edinburgh research
  • Cheese and wine
  • Sponsorship Leanne Green Memorial Fund and
    Organon ( representatives)
  • Only event involving whole Grad school
  • Showcase for some of our best students

How much do I need to do?
  • A minimum of 10 units in three years
  • 5 lectures/hours 1unit
  • Courses of 10 hours or more may be counted as 2
  • A maximum of 2 units may be counted for any one
  • Poster or lecture at an international conference
    1 unit
  • Public Understanding of Science event or Pupil
    Research Initiative (EPSRC) 1 unit/day maximum
    2 units in total.
  • School research seminars attendance over three
    years 1 unit
  • Sectional research meetings attendance and
    contribution ( 1 talk per year) over three years
    2 units

Electronic Record Form
Electronic Record Form
Monitoring End of 1st Year
  • Submit Report and Record Form
  • Oral exam with supervisor 1 other staff member
    (plus 2nd supervisor if you want)
  • You will be asked about your project, including
    basic background. Also content of seminars.
  • Student receives written outcomes
  • Transfer to full Ph.D. status depends on outcome

Monitoring End of 2nd Year
  • Submit 1 page Abstract, 1 page Thesis outline and
    Record Form
  • Practise oral with supervisor 1 other staff
  • Student receives written outcomes

Monitoring End of 3rd Year
  • Firbush talk. Discuss progress with supervisor
    complete a form to record outcomes.
  • Submit thesis
  • Oral examination by External Examiner and
    Internal Examiner
  • Get PhD!
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