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Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Integration and Advance Data Storage

Programme Specifics for Year Two Students

In the second year of the CDT programme you will be engaged on your substantive PhD research project and will be primarily based at either QUB or the University of Glasgow, depending on the location of your primary supervisor.

You must ensure that you are familiar with the regulations:

Queen's University Belfast Regulations for Postgraduate Research Students

University of Glasgow's Regulations for Postgraduate Research Students

You are expected to attend a PGR Induction Session at either Queen's or Glasgow, as per the base of your primary supervisor.

The Induction session at QUB will be held on 31 October at 10am in the Graduate School.

A full-day Induction session at the University of Glasgow will be held in October 2018.  Please contact the Graduate School at the College of Science and Engineering for further information. 


Supervisory Meetings

You must manage your own research and are expected to meet regularly with your supervisor. 

As a broad principle, a minimum of six meetings per year with your supervisors is recommended; at least one of these should be a face-to-face meeting of the complete supervisory team. It is your responsibility to organise/initiate these.  

Up to £250 per annum is available to facilitate one face-to-face meeting of your supervisory team.  This can be used as a contribution towards travel costs etc.  Due to the many diary pressures of your supervisors, we strongly recommend that you should contact your supervisors early in the academic year to identify and agree a suitable date.  Please contact the CDT Manager for details on how to access this funding.  

You must keep thorough records of meetings with your supervisors, which should include the main items of discussion, agreed actions and reviews.  The Record of Progress Form should be used for QUB-based students.


Innovation Academy 

You will complete the final three courses of the PG Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the Innovation Academy in the 2018-19 academic year.  Click here for the schedule.   The Graduate School at QUB will organise and cover the costs of residential accommodation in Dublin, but you must cover your own travel and subsistence costs from your research budget and should factor these into your annual budget accordingly.  Please refer to the guidance on year 2 financials.


Researcher Development Training

CDT students have access to the full range of Researcher Development Programmes at both Queen's University Belfast and the University of Glasgow.  You will have already gained valuable skills training during the first year of the programme and this will continue into year two as you complete further courses through the Innovation Academy.

The Graduate Schools, at both Queen's and Glasgow, have taken this into account and agreed that your engagement with the Researcher Development Programme may be lower than would be the case for PhD students who are not working under the CDT.

We recommend that you review the courses on offer and discuss your training requirements with your supervisor.  We strongly recommend that you avail of the training and continue to develop your skills as you progress through the remainder of the CDT programme.  We suggest that the following courses should be considered/undertaken

Year 2

Research Integrity 0.25 days; Data Management 0.25 days; Academic Writing - Effective Writing 1 & 2, 0.5 days; Public Engagement Activity/Committee Representation 4 days

Year 3

PG Leadership Programme 2 days; Academic Writing - Writing for Publication 1 day; Job Hunting and Applications/Interview Techniques 1 day

Year 4

Viva Training 1 day; Grant Writing 1 day

Please refer to the following websites for full details of the Researcher Development Programmes and procedures for booking:

Graduate School QUB

Graduate School, University


Information for Current CDT Students
Information for Current CDT Students