Being a DTP Student Rep can provide much fun and valuable skills development. Read Lewis White’s journey here:
Lewis began his PhD in 2016. Supported by his supervisor, Dr Kanchon Dasmahapatra of The University of York, Lewis is researching: Life in extreme environments: adaptation and evolution of African soda lake fishes.
He volunteered to take on the role of a Student Representative for the White Rose BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) in his first year and enjoyed the role so much that he plans to continue the role into his fourth and final year, from October 2019. His contribution to the work of the DTP has proved invaluable. In particular, planning and running an annual Symposium for just under 300 PhD students across the partnership is a huge responsibility that has been capably handled by Lewis, leading the current team of Student Reps (five reps in total). This has had the advantage of ensuring the Symposium is student-friendly, whilst retaining the highest academic standards. The detailed project planning has been exemplary, with the added benefit of allowing the DTP Co-ordinator to have an oversight and freeing up her time for other DTP tasks. The student feedback on DTP training courses presented to the Management Board has positively influenced the development of the training programme for the new academic year. Lewis’s leadership skills, teamwork, communication skills, commitment and his enthusiastic approach are much appreciated by the DTP Management Board.
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