Calendar of Activities

Ongoing Online

  • Datatree online course
    • A free online course with all you need to know for research data management, along with ways to engage and share data with business, policymakers, media and the wider public.
    • The self-paced course will take 15 to 20 hours to complete in eight structured modules. The course is packed with video, quizzes and real-life examples of data management, along with plenty of additional background information. An electronic certificate is provided for completion of each module.
    • Find out more at Datatree – Data Training Engaging End-users.
  • Introduction to R open book
    • A free digital book that takes you through the foundations of R with exercises at the end of each chapter to test your knowledge. This book assumes that you have no previous experience of using either R or RStudio, and no background in programming or using command-line driven software. 
    • Read the book at An Introduction to R (
  • Coding Club
  • Datalab online courses
    • Enroll anytime for courses including “Data Science for Ecologists and Environmental Scientists” and “Data Science for Environmental Modelling and Renewables”.
    • Find out more at Online Learning – The Data Lab.
  • NERC Student Network
    • A dedicated, student-led space for NERC PhD students to connect and collaborate.
    • Hosted through online platform ‘Slack’, the network has been set up with channels for specific research areas and fieldwork locations, DTPs, host institutions and cohorts.
    • SUPER DTP students have been sent joining details by email but get in touch if not received.
    • See the network channel guide and welcome video for more information.

Recurring 2022

  • Graduate School: Two Golden Hours Online Writing Retreat
    • Thursday 27 January, 2.30 pm-5.00 pm, Wednesday 16 February, 9.30 am-12.00 pm, Tuesday 8 March, 2.30 pm-5.00 pm, Tuesday 12 April, 9.30 am-12.00 pm, Wednesday 18 May, 2.30 pm-5.00 pm, and Monday 13 June, 2.30 pm-5.00 pm
    • These online sessions will provide some dedicated time to spend on writing, supported by your colleagues
    • Sign up to attend any or all sessions here

January 2022

  • Vitae Effective Researcher: The Next 90 Days 
    • Tuesday 11 January, 1.00 pm-5.00 pm, and Wednesday 12 January, 9.00 am-1.00 pm
    • These two online sessions offer participants in the first year of their doctorate a chance to develop the skills required to manage this phase of their doctorate during these unprecedented times and to action plan accordingly
    • The learning outcomes of the course are to enable researchers to: 
      • acknowledge the progress they have made to date and recognise the skills they have developed
      • identify people who can contribute to the success of their doctorate
      • develop techniques to effectively communicate with their supervisor and develop this relationship now and in the future
      • explore the importance of communicating their research and its impact
      • practice communication techniques to a range of audiences
      • develop their individual plan for the coming year and recognise that there are things they need to and can do now in order to secure the job they want
  • Introduction to R: 3 day online course 
    • Wednesday 26 January – Friday 28 January, 9.00 am-5.00 pm daily
    • This course is primarily aimed at PGRs who require a practical introduction to R, and will provide you with the opportunity and support to start learning R at your own pace. By the end of this course, you will have sufficient confidence and familiarity with the basics of the R programming language for:
      – Manipulating and exploring different types of data
      – Importing and summarising your own data in R
      – Producing exploratory and publication quality graphics
      – Performing your own statistical analyses
      – Writing your own functions in R (optional)
    • Sign up to attend here. By signing up via this form you commit to attending all three days of the course and paying the maximum sum of £336 from your SUPER Training Support Grant. The course will only run if we have a minimum of 10 PGRs interested in attending
  • Graduate School Tea Break 
    • Thursday 27 January, 10.30-11.30 am
    • Socialise with fellow SUPER students on Zoom
    • Sign up by email via

February 2022

  • Vitae Effective Researcher: Effective Progress 
    • Tuesday 1 February and Wednesday 2 February, 9.30 am-1.00 pm daily
    • This programme offers participants in the second year of their doctorate, a chance to focus on the detailed critical success factors and management skills required to successfully complete their doctorate. The course addresses the requirements of a doctorate, including the hypothesis, the thesis structure, the assessment criteria and to action plan accordingly. It will also help you to plan for the coming year and give you perspective to think beyond your PhD
    • Sign up by email via