Training Details

Recruitment and Selection Procedures

- AHRC specific

Proposed Training and Support

- AHRC specific

- BBSRC specific

- MRC specific

Research Environment

- BBSRC specific

- MRC specific

Monitoring Arrangements

- BBSRC specific

- MRC specific

Recruitment and Selection Procedures

AHRC - Specific Requirements

Please outline briefly how you intend to recruit and select the student. The recruitment process should involve both the HEI and non-HEI partners to ensure both are happy with the chosen student. In cases where a named student has been identified at the application stage justification should be given here for nominating them for the studentship without competition.

The AHRC recommends that in order to meet the requirements of equal opportunities policy and to ensure that the best applicants are attracted, the selection of students should be made through open competition by advertisement of the studentship. This will be the responsibility of the applicants if the application is successful and the AHRC will not be involved in the assessment and selection of the student. Further information can be found in the Training Grant Funding Guide available on our website here . The ‘Training Grant Funding Guide’ should be read alongside the ‘Terms and Conditions of RCUK Training Grants’ available on the RCUK website here and the ‘RCUK Training Grant Guide’ which is available on the RCUK website here  .

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Proposed Training and Support

AHRC - Specific Requirements

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Describe the generic and employability skills training that will be offered across the consortium, indicating how resources, innovative approaches and best practice will be shared across the ROs involved.

Describe how students’ training needs will be identified, met and monitored across the consortium. For the purposes of this question, please indicate how this draws on best practice and expands the provision at individual ROs.

 

Describe how student progress will be monitored and assessed across the consortium, and what support will be in place for students whose circumstances change. For the purposes of this question, please indicate how this will draw on best practice.

 

Please provide specific details of how the Student Development Funding will be used to support individual students in the BGP2 cohort.

 

Please provide specific details on how the Cohort Development Funding will be used to support the BGP2 cohort as a whole.

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BBSRC - Specific Requirements

Doctoral Training Partnerships

a) Describe the postgraduate management research training policy

In this box you should give details of the Partnership’s broad strategy and policy for postgraduate research training. You should particularly address the Partnership’s commitment to providing students with a broad-based research training (including the Core Bioscience Skills outlined in section C of the Skills Statement in Annex 6). You should include a clear statement of your plans for using 4-year studentships; for example, the inclusion of taught elements or lab rotations.

b) Describe the generic and employability skills development training

In this box you should particularly address the Partnership’s commitment to providing students with the generic professional skills outlined in section C of the Skills Statement (Annex 6).  In particular distinguish between compulsory and optional elements.

c) Training needs assessment

Give details of how student training needs are identified, met and monitored throughout the period of award.

d) Student selection, recruitment and induction procedures

Give details of the procedures and criteria used in the selection, recruitment and induction of students. Include details of how the Partnership will seek to address recruitment difficulties in strategic important and vulnerable areas through, for example, the use of enhanced stipends.

Industrial CASE scheme

This is the most important section of the proposal form. Note that only companies and departments/groups of academic institutions that meet the training requirements of the Joint Statement of the Research Councils’ Skills Training Requirements for Research Students (now incorporated into the QAA Code of Practice for postgraduate research programmes at www.qaa.ac.uk/academicinfrastructure/codeOfPractice/section1/default.asp) will be considered for BBSRC studentships. You must ensure that you address all of the points detailed in this Je-S help text and relate them to the research training programme which will be provided by the academic department under the proposed project. Do not include details of the research training programme which will be provided by the industrial company – these are required separately in the Company Details attachment.

Give details of the policy for postgraduate research training and training policy. In particular describe policies for ensuring that students receive appropriate practical and technical research training. Include details of specific training courses and seminars, arrangements to support interdisciplinary research training and plans for using 4-year studentships. Give details of the internal arrangements for planning, managing and monitoring its provision of postgraduate research training. This should include the procedures in place for student representation on relevant departmental committees and opportunities for student feedback on the training environment.

Give details of the policy for generic (eg. Computing, statistical techniques, health and safety) and employability (eg. presentation and communication skills, team-working, time-management) skills development given to each student. This should include details of the wider business related training. In particular distinguish between compulsory and optional elements, and provide details of the process for training needs assessment and for monitoring the uptake of skills development opportunities. Where appropriate provide details of the how the academic department benefits from the research organisations allocation of Roberts funding for generic skills training.

Give details of how student training needs are identified, met and monitored throughout the period of award.

Give details of the procedures and criteria used in the selection, recruitment and induction of students. Include details of how the you seek to address recruitment difficulties in shortage areas through, for example, the use of enhanced stipends.

Industrial Case Partnership scheme

This is the most important section of the proposal form. Note that only companies and departments/groups of academic institutions that meet the training requirements of the Joint Statement of the Research Councils’ Skills Training Requirements for Research Students (now incorporated into the QAA Code of Practice for postgraduate research programmes at www.qaa.ac.uk/academicinfrastructure/codeOfPractice/section1/default.asp) will be considered for BBSRC studentships.

When completing the following sections ensure that details cover both the industrial and academic research organisations. Although details of the academic department are not yet known at the proposal stage, please include details of your minimum academic expectations. 

Give details of the policy for postgraduate research training and training policy. In particular describe policies for ensuring that students receive appropriate practical and technical research training.  Include details of specific training courses and seminars, arrangements to support interdisciplinary research training and plans for using 4-year studentships.

Give details of the internal arrangements for planning, managing and monitoring its provision of postgraduate research training. This should include the procedures in place for student representation on relevant departmental committees and opportunities for student feedback on the training environment. 

Give details of the policy for generic (eg. Computing, statistical techniques, health and safety) and employability (eg. presentation and communication skills, team-working, time-management) skills development given to each student. This should include details of the wider business related training. In particular distinguish between compulsory and optional elements, and provide details of the process for training needs assessment and for monitoring the uptake of skills development opportunities. Where appropriate provide details of the how the academic department benefits from the research organisations allocation of Roberts funding for generic skills training.

Give details of how student training needs are identified, met and monitored throughout the period of award.

Give details of the procedures and criteria used in the selection, recruitment and induction of students.  Include details of how the you seek to address recruitment difficulties in shortage areas through, for example, the use of enhanced stipends.

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MRC - Specific Requirements

Research Training

Summarise the specific advanced research skills, methodologies and technologies in which training will be provided to the student. In a separate paragraph summarise the specific advanced research skills, methodologies and technologies in which training will be provided while the student is based at the non-academic/company partner. Highlight how they address strategic UK skills gaps (also see Proposed Project Details section). [MRC specified maximum 2000 characters – see call guidance note]

Generic and Employability Skills Development Training

Summarise the key features of generic and transferable skills training (i.e. providing students with the skills needed for the transition to employment whether in academia, industry or other sectors) to be provided while the student is based at the academic partner. In a separate paragraph summarise the key features of generic and transferable skills training to be provided while the student is based at the non-academic partner/company. [MRC specified maximum 1000 characters – see call guidance note]

Student Training Throughout the Award

An application may seek a studentship of 3 or 4 year’s duration.  Clearly state the duration of the proposed studentship and explain why this duration is the most appropriate for the project?  Provide a clear project plan of how the collaboration will be managed, including how the students time will be split between the academic and non-academic/company research training environments. [MRC specified maximum 2000 characters – see call guidance note]

Student Selection, Recruitment and Induction Procedures

Briefly summarise the techniques that the partners employ to ensure the recruitment and retention of an exceptional student to undertake the proposed project?  [MRC specified maximum 1000 characters – see call guidance note]

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Research Environment

BBSRC - Specific Requirements

Doctoral Training Partnerships and Industrial CASE Partnership schemes

a) Describe the research environment in which the student(s) will work and the student(s) training programme.

In this box, you should explain the Partnership’s commitment to maintaining a rich and stimulating research environment for postgraduate students. This might include opportunities for interactions with other postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers, opportunities for student interactions with other senior researchers, opportunities to participate in interdisciplinary team work, and outside links and collaborations.

You should also explain arrangements to allow BBSRC students from across the Partnership to meet and network with each other.

b) Describe the current facilities available within the department.

In this box you should give details of the key facilities available to PhD students within the Partnership and make clear how they will be used to support research training in BBSRC strategic priorities.

Industrial CASE scheme

Give details of the academic research environment for postgraduate students, including interactions with other postgraduate and postdoctoral researchers, opportunities for student interactions with other senior researchers, opportunities to participate in interdisciplinary team work, and outside links and collaborations.

Give details of the current facilities available to PhD students within the department/group to support their research and of any other facilities and current technologies available to them as part of the research training programme. Explain how these will be of benefit to the students and their research training.

Do not include details of the research environment which will be provided by the industrial company – these are required separately in the Company Details attachment. 

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MRC - Specific Requirements

Description of the Research Environments

Highlight specific infrastructure and capabilities that enable the academic partner to provide in-depth specialist training in advanced skills and methodologies. In a separate paragraph highlight specific infrastructure and capabilities that enable the industrial partner to provide in-depth specialist training in advanced skills and methodologies. [MRC specified maximum 2000 characters – see call guidance note]

Facilities Available

Ensure to list any special facilities, features and expertise that the academic and non-academic partner/company will provide. [MRC specified maximum 1000 characters – see call guidance note]

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Monitoring Arrangements

BBSRC - Specific Requirements

Doctoral Training Partnerships

In this section you should give details of the Partnership’s arrangements for student monitoring and assessment arrangements during the course of the studentship, including supervision arrangements and frequency of supervisor/student contact.

You should give details of supervisors’ responsibilities in student monitoring and assessment and also of the involvement of staff other than the principal supervisor in the supervisory process.

You should also include the procedures in place for a) student representation on relevant committees and opportunities for student feedback on the training environment; and b) encouraging return of HESA first destination data (the DHLE survey) and the monitoring of PhD student employability.

Industrial CASE scheme

Clearly show the role that the academic department will play to ensure high quality supervision of the student and the proper monitoring of student progress throughout the duration of the award. Do not include details of the industrial role – these details are required separately in the Company Details attachment.

Please ensure that you provide a concise summary that addresses all of the points detailed in this Je-S help text.

Provide details of how you will work with the industrial company to ensure high quality supervision of the student and the proper monitoring of student progress.

Give details of the student monitoring and assessment arrangements during the course of the studentship, including supervision arrangements and frequency of supervisor/student contact. Give details of the supervisors responsibilities in student monitoring and assessment and also of the involvement of staff other than the principal academic supervisor in the supervisory process.

Industrial Case Partnership scheme

Provide details of how the industrial and academic research organisations will work together to ensure high quality supervision of the student and the proper monitoring of student progress. Give details of the student monitoring and assessment arrangements during the course of the studentship, including supervision arrangements and frequency of supervisor/student contact. Give details of supervisors responsibilities in student monitoring and assessment and also of the involvement of staff other than the principal supervisor in the supervisory process.

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MRC - Specific Requirements

Explain the arrangements for sharing supervisory arrangements between the Partners’ to ensure the achievement of high standards of supervision and mentoring of the student. Include details of each supervisors responsibilities and frequency of supervisor/student contact. Also provide details of the involvement of staff other than the named supervisors in the supervisory process. [MRC specified maximum 1000 characters – see call guidance note]