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Centres for Doctoral Training

Innovative & Inspiring Training Programmes for PhD Students and Early Career Researchers
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Email: info@skillfluence.co.uk
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World class tools & methods tailored to meet the specific needs of scientists and researchers.

We build and deliver training and development programmes that equip sicientists and researchers with essential soft skills, sometimes referred to as “transferable skills”.  These skills, when combined with strong technical and research skills empower young early career researchers to achieve high levels of success, achievement and professional fulfilment.  

We specialise in programming that complements existing development programmes offered by the university. We seek out best in class tools, techniques and methods and tailor the structure, content and delivery to meet the unique needs of PhD students.  

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Our programmes are designed to be fully aligned with the key drivers and criteria set forth by the EPSRC and other funding councils.  In practice, this means our programmes are designed to: 

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  • Amplify the cohort effect. 
  • Emphasise user engagement. 
  • Deliver pathways to impact.
  • Reach non-PhD participants
  • Broaden the experience for PhD students
  • Deliver tangible impact.
  • Address responsible research & innovation requirements

While every programme is customised, the Skillfluence methodology and approach to training remains the same.  We’re dedicated to delivering high impact trying that makes a real difference in the way scientists work and communicate.  Participants can expect a programme that is: 

  • Hands-on, experiential and interactive. 
  • Inspiring, motivating and innovative.
  • Customised for the specific group and setting. 
  • Filled with practical, applicable tools and techniques. 
  • Leverages relevant and current real-life examples. 
  • Delivered by knowledgeable, experienced and enthusiastic trainers. 
  • Goal-oriented, often including the creation of specific action plans. 

We are constantly on the lookout for new tools and methods that will deliver added value to our clients.  While we have fantastic “off-the-shelf” programmes, we get most excited about working collaboratively with our clients to help them introduce bespoke solutions perfectly designed to meet the needs of their students.  

Centres for Doctoral Training and Research Centres we’ve worked with recently include: 

  • New & Sustainable Photovoltaics (CDT), University of Liverpool 
  • King’s Health Sciences (CDT), King’s College 
  • UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology (CDT), University of Edinburgh
  • Edinburgh Centre for Robotics (CDT), Heriot Watt
  • Marine Alliance for Science & Technology for Scotland
  • Scottish Universities Life Sciences Alliance
  • Scottish Informatics & Computer Sciences Alliance
  • BrisSynBio (CDT), University of Bristol
  • SynBio (CDT), University of Oxford, University of Warwick, University of Bristol

If you’d like to learn more about our work with CDTs and research centres, and how we might be able to work together, please send us an e-mail at info@skillfluence.co.uk