This collaborative initiative allows unparalleled access to leading applied and public health experts, supervisors who are leaders in their field, channels for dissemination of research, participation in bespoke training, and a strong network and community of graduate students and researchers.
This meeting gave students the opportunity to meet for the first time and share their research interests with each other and the SPHR directorate team. They were welcomed to the School by Professor Ashley Adamson, Director of SPHR. Professor Rona Campbell, Deputy Director and Academic Training Lead of SPHR and Andeep Sull, Training Manager of SPHR gave students an induction to NIHR Academy and SPHR training and development with a virtual tour of some of the opportunities available to them to support their career development.
We also had the pleasure of introducing SPHR Post-doctoral Launching Fellow Dr David Troy to the students, and he gave a talk on ‘all the things he wish he knew whilst doing his PhD’. David gave the students helpful practical tips on topics such as data science, imposter syndrome and spoke about the importance of support networks while carrying out their PhD.
The meeting ended with students expressing that they would like to stay connected through a monthly ‘academic career development peer group’. We look forward to organising these and supporting the group through their PhD journey.
“I am very excited to be embarking upon a PhD with funding from NIHR SPHR/ARC and I am looking forward to make the most out of the amazing opportunities NIHR offers for training and development. The opportunity to meet other academics working in the field of health research is fantastic, and I hope to be able to build a strong network through NIHR during the course of my PhD! During our first welcome meeting we discussed all of the ways in which NIHR can support and develop our research, and it was a great chance to meet peers – I’ve already arranged to meet up with another NIHR SPHR PhD student in London!”
Ada Humphrey, NIHR SPHR/NIHR ARC North Thames PhD student
“It has been great to meet my fellow cohort and to have such a warm welcome to the SPHR. I’m very excited for what opportunities the next few years will bring”.
Courtney Franklin, NIHR SPHR/NIHR ARC North West Coast PhD student
“Fantastic to meet fellow NIHR SPHR/ARC PhD students today. Looking forward to future catch-ups, and hopefully meeting in-person at some point”.
Claire Kelly, NIHR SPHR/NIHR ARC West PhD Student
“I enjoyed the event and found it really helpful to orientate myself within SPHR e.g. it was useful to understand how I fit into the school and how the co-funded studentships came about. It was great to meet the five other new PhD students and to find out about their research and where our research interests and methods might overlap. It was also good to hear what opportunities are available to SPHR/ARC students, including training, our research budget, conferences, funding awards and post-doctoral fellowships.“
Katherine Parkin, NIHR SPHR/NIHR ARC East of England PhD student