Advanced skills training
NERC expect all members of our community to undertake advanced skills training over the course of their careers. This training provides members of the NERC community with opportunities to develop their technical, professional and personal transferable skills valued by employers in any sector alongside improving and broadening the skills base within the environmental sciences.
The NERC Data Management Online Training Portal offers training in data management relevant to NERC remit and aligned with the objectives of the Industrial Strategy.
Supported through the National Productivity Investment Fund, NERC Industrial Strategy Training Courses deliver training to NERC students in topics aligned with the objectives of the Industrial Strategy.
Supported through the National Productivity Investment Fund, NERC Industrial Strategy Innovation Placements enable recently completed PhD students working within NERC's remit to spend time with non-academic partners to explore impact from their research and develop links between academia and industry.
The Evidence Synthesis Training pilot scheme supports training for NERC students at the point of submission and early career researchers relevant to the theme of evidence synthesis to inform policy and business decision-making, focusing on the translation of research into evidence for users of NERC research.
The Policy Internships Scheme provides the opportunity for PhD students funded by the research councils of UK Research & Innovation to work for three months in one of a selected group of highly influential policy organisations.
The YES Competitions are designed to develop business awareness and an understanding of entrepreneurship in UK postgraduate students and postdoctoral researchers.
ATSCs are training initiatives held to provide the environmental science community with advanced skills training in a diverse range of subjects and techniques. This training is provided with the intention of ensuring that the UK environmental sciences community is equipped with transferable and multidisciplinary skills appropriate for careers in research as well as in non-academic settings.
NERC recognises that there is a shortage of individuals with quantitative skills coming into environmental science. REPs are aimed at addressing this shortage by offering funding for summer placements which focus on encouraging undergraduate students currently studying quantitative disciplines to consider a career in environmental research.
To complement the training activities delivered through NERC doctoral programmes and standalone training schemes, the NERC research centres have developed a programme of training courses open to all NERC students as well as early career researchers within the NERC science remit.
These courses are organised and delivered throughout the year by the individual research centres and the programme of available courses will evolve and expand as new opportunities are developed.
In addition to the above training initiatives, training in public engagement, short courses, summer schools and courses provided by Vitae are also available.