The GCDC organises training to support the GCDC cohort as they undertake their global-challenge-led research projects. However, in some cases, the training will be opened to the wider postgraudate community. Please see below for training sessions taking place in Spring and Summer 2020.

Skills Training


The Realities of Collaborating with DAC-list Partners (South East Asia focus)

When: Friday, 28 February from 10:00-11:30am in CE329 (third floor of Cornwallis East)

Open to: this session is currently only open to the GCDC cohorts. You are welcome to express your interest in the workshop by emailing kentgcdc@kent.ac.uk.

Led by: Prof Colin Robinson (Biosciences), PI on GCRF project ‘Establishment of biopharmaceutical and animal vaccine production capacity in Thailand and neighbouring South East Asian countries’

We are collaborating with groups in South East Asia as part of a UKRI GCRF project, and this  presentation will describe some of the lessons that we have learned, opportunities that have emerged, and some areas that are particularly relevant for GCDC students. The primary aim of the project is to use UK expertise in recombinant protein technology to assist groups in Thailand to produce animal vaccines and biotherapeutics (high-cost medicines) rather than being wholly reliant on expensive imports. However, the project has evolved to encompass related work with groups in Vietnam and Malaysia, and some of this work is being carried out by GCDC students. We have learned important lessons along the way and the presentation will include discussion on:

  • The cultural barriers that have to be overcome (which vary from country to country even in SE Asia).
  • The communication barriers and how it is vital to communicate by different methods, and at different levels.
  • The critical importance of travelling to the partner groups – and of finding funds to add to the GCDC budget. 
  • The need to consider publication opportunities in this unusual type of PHD project.

The session will be interactive, and GCDC students will be asked to contribute their own ideas for addressing these issues.


Interdisciplinary Publishing

When: Monday, 30 March, from 2-5pm in CE329 (third floor of Cornwallis East)

Open to: this session is currently only open to the GCDC cohorts. You are welcome to express your interest in the workshop by emailing kentgcdc@kent.ac.uk.

Led by: Dr Robert Barker (Physical Sciences)


Practical Project Management (for Research)

When:

  1. 13 March 2020 from 1:30-4:30pm
  2. 20 May 2020 from 1:30-4:30pm

Open to: this session is open to all Kent PhDs

Register: This session is organised in collaboration with the Graduate School’s Researcher Development Programme (RDP) and can be booked via the RDP online booking system.

Led by: Dr Dave Filipović-Carter (Education-Training Ltd)

Within your research career, you are likely to have to organise, analyse and present an enormous amount of information.  You will also have to, set goals, monitor and review your progress against a plan and probably work with others to encourage them to do the same.  This set of skills is often placed under the heading of “Project Management”.

Regardless of whether your PhD is based in multinational team and collecting data, or you by yourself evolving an idea, this course will be a productive and valuable way to spend a half day.

We’ll examine some planning tools and techniques and consider how to ensure that your research project both has a ‘track’ and then stays on it!


Presentation Skills Introduction

When: Tuesday, 24 March 2020 from 4-6pm

Open to: this session is open to all Kent PhDs

Register: This session is organised in collaboration with the Graduate School’s Researcher Development Programme (RDP) and can be booked via the RDP online booking system.

Led by: Jenny Wade (Jenny Wade Consultancy Ltd)

The aim of the workshop is to give practical tips for presenting well. However, presentation skills cannot be learned by simply listening. Participants will have the opportunity to deliver a short 5 minute presentation to a friendly audience and receive feedback from colleagues. Please come along to the session with a 5 minute presentation prepared in advance on a topic of your choice.


Data Visualisation

When: 5 May 2020 from 10am-1pm

Open to: this session is currently only open to the GCDC cohorts. You are welcome to express your interest in the workshop by emailing kentgcdc@kent.ac.uk.

Led by: Dr Jake Bicknell (Anthropology and Conservation)


GCDC Hangouts


The Centre hosts a discussion series entitled, ‘GCDC Hangouts’. The events are informal, interdisciplinary and include a discussion on addressing global challenges through research, a catered lunch and plenty of time for networking. Everyone is welcome – whether you are a GCDC-funded PhD, a GCDC affiliate student, a supervisor, a postdoc or just vaguely interested in research that addresses global challenges, do come along!

Our next GCDC Hangouts will take place:

  • April 2020 (date TBC)
  • June 2020 (date TBC)

Past Events


Click here to read about past GCDC training and other events.

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