Transferable Skills and Leadership (‘TSEL’) Programme


The WISE CDT provides an extensive and structured programme of transferable and leadership skills throughout the four years of study.  Each year’s content is designed to be distinct, build on earlier learning and align itself to students’ PhD progression.  All the partner universities deliver an annual transferable skills module. 


Year 1 (Exeter): Acquisition of a deeper understanding of the research process and methodology.  The module covers supervision skills, patenting and intellectual property, negotiating and influencing skills, developing a business model, public engagement, science communication, and overseas collaboration.  This module is conducted jointly with Stream IDC students to widen the mix of participants’ backgrounds and experiences.


Year 2 (Bristol): Maintaining motivation and independence; preparation and delivery of conference papers and posters; writing and refereeing of journal articles and grant applications.


Year 3 (Cardiff): Developing resilience; management and team skills; professional etiquette; planning and writing a thesis; thinking of one’s career; entrepreneurship and leadership skills.


Year 4 (Bath): Thesis completion; Viva preparation; career opportunities and career development; routes to chartership; writing Fellowship proposals.