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Centre for Doctoral Training in Photonic Integration and Advance Data Storage

Programme Specifics for Year Four Students

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.


Thesis Submission

CDT research projects are designed to allow for the submission of the thesis at the end of the funded period.  To this end, you should manage your research and work closely with your supervisory team to continually review and adjust plans accordingly in order to achieve this.  In the event that the supervisory team agree that additional time for writing-up is needed, then this should be communicated to the CDT Director/Deputy Director at the earliest opportunity.  Please note that there is no CDT funding available to cover additional fees or stipend.  The CDT Manager will be able to advise on the maximum -period of writing up available (which may vary from student to student depending on initial registration date and any periods of leave of absence).


Researcher Development Training

CDT students continue to have access to the full range of Researcher Development Programmes at both Queen's University Belfast and the University of Glasgow, in their final year.  

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.In particular, we recommend that you avail of the careers support available to you through the Graduate Schools and draw your attention to the CDT's Photonics Meets Real World Applications specialized careers networking event in Glasgow on 22 October 2019.

If you have not already completed them, we suggest that the following courses at the Graduate School should be undertaken:

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

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

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 of Glasgow







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University of Glasgow Crest