University wins national award for supporting young researchers
(22 October 2009)
Durham University has won a prestigious national award for its work supporting young researchers.
Representatives of the University’s Graduate School were presented with the Outstanding Support for Early Career Researchers award by the Times Higher Education magazine at its annual award ceremony in London. This event is the “Oscars” of the education world and Durham beat off competition from other shortlisted universities including Cambridge, Edinburgh, Manchester, Nottingham and Oxford. The award recognised the achievements of the Graduate School’s research-skills training programme which aims to create an integrated community of post-graduate doctoral researchers in all academic disciplines. The programme received a 94 per cent satisfaction rating from doctoral candidates in an internal survey of 1,500 students. The judges commented that the programme demonstrated “an impressive mix of innovative actions, generated by a real evidence base”. They added: “It provides an inclusive approach that benefits all researchers.” Dr Douglas Halliday Dean of Durham University’s Graduate School said: “This award is a very significant achievement, which demonstrates the strength of the programme at Durham. “Researchers from Durham will be well equipped to enter a wide range of future careers and make a significant contribution through the skills and experiences they have gained at the University.” The Graduate School Training Team consists of eight members of staff who provide generic and transferable skills training and support for all early-career researchers at Durham, including research students and research staff. The research skills training programme is designed to support researchers through their research at Durham and also equip them with a range of relevant skills which will prepare them for a variety of career options in the future. The programme consists of more than 300 events throughout the year ranging from one hour sessions to four-day residential events.