Researcher Development for Research Students and Post-Docs

This section provides information for research students and post-docs within DPMMS and DAMTP that relate specifically to Researcher Development. Both Departments strongly value personal and professional development, and actively seek to support individuals to develop skills beyond research alone. There are plenty of opportunities both within the Departments, Faculty, University and Colleges to develop existing skills or to cultivate new ones.

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Many activities, both formal and informal, count as Researcher Development. Examples of activites can be found on the back page of the Researcher Development Log template (see below for details).

Researcher Development Log

All research students and post-docs within DPMMS and DAMTP are required to submit a personal researcher development log at the end of Easter term each year. RD logs should be submitted to the Graduate Office (C0.15). First year PhD students are required to submit this at the same time as their 3rd term registration report.

The Departments are required to keep a record of RD activities both for the University, the School and certain funding bodies. We need this information to make sure that individuals are developing their skills, to report back to those that fund the activities we run, and to help plan future activities. It is therefore vital that all students and post-docs submit their RD log on time, and provide a full and accurate account of the activities they have undertaken. It is recommended that students start the RD log at an early stage, and keep an evolving record of all activities undertaken. A typical student is expected to spend no less than 10 working days per year engaging in such activities.

Researcher Development Programme

A range of courses and workshops are held at CMS each year in liaison with the School of Physical Sciences and the Researcher Development Programme. Many of the sessions run at CMS may also be run at different locations across the University at different times. Information on courses and workshops both at CMS and at different locations is available via the central booking system.

Students are advised that places on these courses are in high demand. Early booking is essential.

Supervision Training

The Faculty, in liaison with the Researcher Development Programme, provides supervision training workshops each year for graduate students and those who have not supervised before. This training is mandatory for anyone wishing to undertake undergraduate supervision.

Several workshops are held at CMS specifically for members of DAMTP and DPMMS. Sessions are limited to 20 places. Early booking is advised.

DAMTP coordinated activities

DAMTP coordinates a number of workshops and opportunities in liaison with others, such as the Millennium Maths Project (MMP). Events are open to all PhD students and post-docs within DPMMS and DAMTP. Details of upcoming events will be added to this website and circulated via email:

Applications Toolkit: Applying for Fellowships (Last held 21 May 2014)

Alumni in Industry and Research Laboratories (Last held 14 April 2015)

This event is aimed at giving current graduate students and post-docs a flavour of what type of careers they might pursue, other than academic careers. The event will comprise a series of talks from mathematics alumni, followed by panel discussion. The event is primarily aimed at PhDs and Post-docs, but Part III and MPhil students will be very welcome.

DPMMS coordinated activities

DPMMS provides opportunities for students to take an active role in the life of CMS by enabling them to take on responsibility for the running of certain activities. Some of these activities are coordinated in conjunction with the Cambridge University Graduate Mathematics Society (CUGMS). Opportunities are open to all PhD students and post-docs within DPMMS and DAMTP. Details can be found on the CUGMS website:

Supervision Good Practice Workshop (Last held 22 January 2016)

A workshop on Supervision Good Practice for anyone who has supervised for at least one year. The workshop was focussed around supervising students with Asperger's Syndrome, but included many opportunities to discuss general good practice and different approaches to supervisions as well. We have found that thinking about what is good for people with Asperger's Syndrome or other disabilities can also be good for all students. And we can all learn from each other's experiences and approaches to supervisions and teaching.

Mental Health Awareness Course: Thursday 3rd March 2016, 10 - 13:30, MR21 (Booking Open)

As doing a PhD can at times become very stressful and have some impact on emotional and mental health in you or others around you, we are offering a half day introductory mental health awareness course on Thursday 3 March, 10 - 13:30, in MR21 (lower ground floor D Pavilion) . If you would like to attend the course please book a place by 25 February, as we can only go ahead if we have enough people. Maximum capacity is 16.  To book please complete the following online booking form:  Your place will be confirmed to you by email.  Training is open to all PhDs and Post-Docs.

Millennium Mathematics Project (MMP)

The Millennium Mathematics Project (MMP) is a maths education and outreach initiative for ages 3 to 19 and the general public. MMP offers a range of workshops and opportunities that are open to research students and post-docs. Event information will be circulated via email. More information about MMP can be found on their website:

MMP also work as part of STIMULUS, offering training and co-ordinating placements in local primary or secondary schools or sixth-form colleges for postgraduate students and early-career postdocs to act as voluntary classroom assistants helping with Maths, Science, Technology or ICT classes.

Public Engagement

The University's Public Engagement team offer a number of training courses aimed at research staff and students, such as:

Further information on public engagment training, volunteering and events is available from the University's website:

Smith-Knight and Rayleigh-Knight Prizes

Eligible students are encouraged to submit an essay for the Smith-Knight and Rayleigh-Knight contests.  Essays are not part of any formal assessment process, but offer an excellent opportunity to gain experience of writing up your work in a clear and coherent manner.

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