The CDT will deliver highly trained people, equipping them with the necessary multidisciplinary and business facing skills required in this rapidly developing field. They will bring with them the benefits of being part of a vibrant and self supporting cohort, having wide experience though collaboration between institutes and disciplines, and undertaking group and individual projects that are intellectually challenging.
Cohort building will be initiated by the residential biology course which takes place at Strathclyde at the start of the programme and where the PGRs involved in this CDT share lectures and hands-on sessions and actively work together. During the first year there will be 3 more residential courses, held at the other 3 participating Universities and ranging in length from 1 to 3 weeks. All of these courses integrate lectures, hands on sessions and an active social programme allowing the PGRs to really get to know each other and work together. Cohort building will further be facilitated by the Leadership courses in year 1 and 2. Both of these courses incorporate a high degree of experiential learning and take the PGR outside their normal “academic comfort zone” and get them to think about the issues involved in both being part of a team and in leading it. In these courses the PGR confront issues about their own personalities and think about how they can work more effectively together. Links between cohorts will be facilitated by the mentoring scheme and the facilitation of the leadership courses being aided by PGR in the year above. When the PGR are not physically together they will still be working together and discussing ideas through online discussion forums, tutorials and technical clubs.