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Personal and Professional Development

"Understanding physics is child's play compared to understanding child's play." Albert Einstein

As ESRC award holders you contribute, through your research, to some of the most significant issues facing Britain, the wider world and the social sciences - economic performance and sustainable growth; shaping behaviour and informing interventions, and exploring a vibrant and fair society. ESRC and the DTP encourage you to develop both your research and broader professional skills to contribute to these issues at the highest levels.

The benefits to you of developing personal and professional skills during your PhD include:

  • enhanced reputation, for example at conferences and through publications;
  • satisfaction in your research, resulting in you being able to ask more exciting questions;
  • less frustration spent on things you don't want to do;
  • improved career prospects, post-PhD.

As DTP students you have access to a wealth of opportunities to develop your fullest potential and prepare yourself for a successful career. You can find more at the links below; if you have any questions or need more detailed guidance, please feel free to contact Dr Matt Lane at , or contact the .

For further information on development opportunities available to DTP students, please see:

The University Careers Service offers a broad range of advice and guidance on planning your future career and on jobsearching. Please see

Your home Department will also offer a range of events such as seminars and workshops – check with your Graduate Office for more information.