17 September 2015 - 9:00am
Induction Week for the 2015 Student Cohort
Induction week for our new cohort of students was held from Monday 14th to Thursday 17th of September, including a 3-day intensive residential training event held in the fitting ambience of York’s prestigious National Railway Museum. After an initial meet-and-greet session at the University of Leeds and a tour of the Centre for Doctoral Training itself, the students were given introductory talks by the key staff members and module leaders that will shape their time at Leeds.
Our residential event in York began with students participating in workshops on collaboration and problem solving with visiting trainer Dr. Jamie Cleaver, followed by a series of talks and mini-workshops given by various speakers around the topic of “Surviving your PhD”. (Don’t forget to check out our reflective Blog entries and live recordings of the lectures and workshops themselves at our YouTube Channel).
The events that our new cohort benefited from over the week included seminars on “Worknetting”, Strengths-finding, Video Capture, Creative Tools and Their Use, as well as two Key Note speeches from Prof. Grant Campbell and Dr. James Elliott.
Interwoven amongst all this activity was a chance to meet and greet the students from our older cohort, now in their second year at CDT CP3, as well as the opportunity to discuss projects and make contact with representatives of various industrial partners of the Centre. During our entire visit to York, the students from our first cohort also took part in an intimate conference-style poster viewing, allowing them to present their work, as well as give presentations on group projects and the development of their ideas in practical application.
Inundated with information, but having made great progress and learned a lot, our new cohort wound down with a gala dinner at the Railway Museum before heading back to Leeds.