Induction and Careers Day: 29 Nov 2019


09:30 to 16:00 hours Friday 29th November 2019  (One day)

(NB Be aware that you will have an early start to get on the coaches)


The Lakeside Conference Centre, The National Agri-Food Innovation Campus (NAFIC)

Sand Hutton, YORK   YO411LZ

Who is it for? 

It is mandatory for BBSRC DTP and CASE students who are in Years 1, 2 and 3 in October 2019.

We are opening this course up to Year 4 students for the first time, on an optional basis.  If you are thinking about future careers and want to find out more about your options, we are running sessions focussed on academic and non-academic routes,  Please book to take advantage of this practical careers advice and guidance.

It is optional for NPIF students (all years) – You are very welcome to book if you feel it would be useful.

Course Content

Students in Year 2 and Year 3 will previously have known this course as the ‘Fera Day’.  We have changed the title – now the ‘Induction and Careers Day’ – to reflect the new content.  We have completely revised the content of the day to reflect student feedback.

Morning session

During the morning, each year group will have a different programme:

Year 1: Induction and team challenge – Getting to know your peers across the DTP network

Year 2: A focus on academic careers – Defining what a successful academic career looks like and the steps to make that happen. (Whilst acknowledging that the opportunities aren’t always there and that an academic career isn’t the only desirable career outcome after a PhD.)

Year 3: A focus on non-academic careers – Drawing out transferable skills, working out where your Professional Internship for PhD students (PIPS) fits in, and finding out how to use LinkedIn to find career opportunities.

(Year 4 students can choose to attend either the Year 2 or Year 3 session)

Afternoon session

During the afternoon, all year groups will come together for a live Careers Panel session.  This will consist of presentations by 3 alumni or other biology graduates who are now working in a range of careers outside academia.  The process will be engaging and interactive and you will have the chance to ask questions of the panel members.

The day will finish off with a short presentation on 5 Top Tips of how to manage your career throughout your PhD, with individual action planning.

Tutor / Provider

The course is being delivered by the training managers from each DTP University, Jenny Rivas-Perez (Leeds), Amanda Barnes (York) and Emily Goodall (Sheffield).  An external consultant, Ruth Winden, will be delivering the Year 3 morning session on career options outside of academia, as well as facilitating the Careers Panel session for all year groups during the afternoon.


Lunch will be provided.  Tea and coffee will be available on arrival and there will be morning and afternoon breaks.

Travel arrangements

Coaches will be provided to transport students from all three Universities to the NAFIC at York.  Details will be issued with the joining instructions once the booking deadline has passed.


Catherine Liddle

White Rose BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership Co-ordinator

Student Education Service | Doctoral College
Faculty of Biological Sciences

7.82 Irene Manton Building | University of Leeds | Leeds LS2 9JT
Tel +44 (0)113 343 6463 | Ext 36463

DTP website:

How to book

Deadline for booking is mid-day Friday 1st November 2019.