Optional – Super-resolution Microscopy: Imaging Course for BBSRC-funded students

Tues 13th and Wed 14th November – University of York; Thurs 15th November – University of Leeds; Fri 16th November – University of Sheffield

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Please note that priority for this course will be given to 2018 starters. However, if you were unable to attend previous courses then you are welcome to apply.

If you are BBSRC-funded then you are eligible to attend this imaging course free of charge.  Normally the course would cost ~£350 to attend and a maximum of 15 places are available.

All students attending the course will need to make, and cover the cost of, their own travel arrangements. Overnight accommodation (in York) on the night of 13th Nov will be provided free of charge to students from Leeds and Sheffield.


This 4 day course on super-resolution microscopy will give you the chance to try the new iSIM, PALM/STORM microscopy and the new Zeiss Airy Scan (all three different types of super–resolution). This course will take you into a much deeper understanding of what you can do with confocal/super–resolution imaging than simply taking pretty pictures, and is highly recommended.

The Course

Days 1 and 2 in York will cover the fundamentals of confocal and then swiftly move on to cover more advanced techniques such as FRAP, and spectral unmixing (for multicolour imaging of fluorophores with similar emission spectra).

Day 3 (Leeds) will introduce the very latest technologies involved with Super-Resolution microscopy and microscopy. Over the three days, all participants will have the opportunity to use many different microscope set-ups. To demonstrate each technique, a wide range of both samples (plants to cell culture) and labels (antibody to fluorescent proteins) will be used.

Day 4 (Sheffield) will provide the opportunity to work with Light-Sheet and see the available facilities at Sheffield as well as find out more about other techs not covered in Days 1-3.  A lecture on light sheet microscopy will be followed by small-group demos of the self built light sheet in Physics and commercial system in the Wolfson Light Microscopy Facility.

The course is taught by academic and research staff of the Universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York with specialist input from Carl Zeiss.

This intensive, four-day training course will be of value to anyone wanting to gain hands-on experience of modern confocal and emerging microscopy techniques. In addition to the hands-on component, the course will include tutorials on the theory and practice of all the techniques and methods covered, as well as many other relevant topics in the field.

An essential feature of our course is the unique combination of practical, laboratory-based work with both taught and tutorial-style classroom sessions. The three lead Universities are all extremely well equipped to meet the demands of microscopy in research. This course will enable the delegate to realise the potential that microscopy can bring to their science and help ensure that their work flows and data output will be of the highest standards.

This is an ideal opportunity to start a unique network of scientists looking to exploit microscopy at this early stage of their careers. Attending the training will provide opportunities for students to develop collaborations throughout the White Rose network, with planned annual meetings to showcase their own work whilst also gaining critical expert feedback.

White Rose DTP Annual Research Symposium 2018

When? Fri 14th December 2018

Where? The Edge, University of Sheffield (34 Endcliffe Crescent, Sheffield S10 3ED)

Is this compulsory? Yes – as part of your mandatory training, all DTP students are required to attend.

Attendance is mandatory for all DTP and CASE funded students and supervisors are cordially invited to attend the Research Day.  We expect that all supervisors with a BBSRC funded PhD student will make every effort to attend.

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This student-led symposium will showcase the research of students in their third and fourth year. This 1 day meeting will provide you with the opportunity to find out more about the DTP and meet other academics involved in the DTP from the universities of Leeds, York and Sheffield for potential cross-institution collaboration. The full programme for the day will be made available shortly.

Bioscience Insights Day (Compulsory for 2018 starters)

When? Tues 6th November 2018

Where? Biology Department, University of York

Is this compulsory? Yes – as part of your mandatory training, all Oct 2018 starters are required to attend this DTP training module.

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The Insight Day provides an opportunity to refresh or extend your knowledge about the latest bioscience technologies.  The day will cover the following topics with in-house experts providing lectures on how the techniques work and are utilised along with some of the latest advances in the field.

  • Imaging and Flow Cytometry;
  • Genomics and bioinformatics;
  • Proteomics;
  • Protein overexpression, fermentation and purification;
  • Protein properties and interactions;
  • Computing systems for biologists.

After the above presentations there is an additional session for White Rose students on the additional facilities available to them at Leeds, Sheffield and York.

Attendees to the day will include PhD Students (including all White Rose DTP Students from Leeds, Sheffield & York), Post-Doctoral Researchers and Staff from York, other Universities and Commercial Companies.

Reproducibility in science: The use and abuse of statistics + Christmas Drinks

When? Mon 17th December 2018 from 9.30am – 5.00pm followed by evening drinks

Where? Garstang Seminar Room 7.52, University of Leeds

Is this compulsory? Yes – as part of your mandatory training, all Oct 2018 starters are required to attend this DTP training module.

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The course covers probability and basic univariate statistics that are applicable in Phd projects in the DTP area. There is also an introduction to multivariate methods, including clustering and principal components analysis. Theory is covered in lectures and practical sessions introduce these methods using the R statistical software environment.

Induction and Cohort Building Day at FERA (Compulsory for 2018, 2017 & 2016 Starters)

When?  Mon 26th Nov 2018

Where?  Fera, Sand Hutton, York

Is this event compulsory?  Yes, for Year 1 (2018 entry), 2 (2017 entry) and 3 (2016 entry) students

How do I register?  Please register via the link below:

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Who should attend this event and what activities are planned for each cohort?

Year 1 (2018 intake) – Introduction to the DTP + Induction activities

Year 2 (2017 intake) – Dragon’s Den Pitch (2nd part of the Molecules to Market Module)

Year 3 (2016 intake) – Careers Planning with Caron King

This event is an opportunity for the year 1, 2 and 3 cohorts to meet and interact throughout an informative and rewarding day.

Everyone will be involved in activities both specific to their year group and across cohorts.  There will be a networking lunch for all, where students can also find out more about the PIPS opportunities offered by Fera.