Transferable Skills Training

23rd and 24th of January 2019

Transferable skills training: This activity will be undertaken in a framework which ensures coverage over the 4 transferable skills areas ( i) Knowledge and intellectual abilities, ii) Personal effectiveness, iii) Research governance and organisation, and iv) Engagement, influence and impact. UGLA was one of the first universities to employ a dedicated member of staff involved in the development and enhancement of the University’s provision of these key skills. UGLA’s Dr Elizabeth Adams will therefore take the lead in the provision of transferable skills to the TeraApps cohort – see letter of commitment. The training programme is wide-ranging and includes academic writing, presentation skills, creative thinking, project management, public engagement and how to work in an international environment. It enhances student employability through these sessions, and teaches them to lead training initiatives or conferences. 

NPL Training Course

11th and 12th of April 2019

NPL training course: There were 5 talks delivered per day which included a practice-oriented talk was delivered covering the general and THz-specific considerations that need to be addressed for optical THz-experiments and setups (e.g. choice of material, preservation of Gaussian beam profile, correct & efficient coupling of THz-beams into optical components and commonly used setup-geometries). This talk gave an wide overview over different existing THz source and detector technologies, indicating their advantages, drawbacks and limitations. On the second day a designated talk to summarize the optical/physical properties of common materials in the THz range and giving an useful summary of designated THz optical materials including their advantages and drawbacks was delivered.

TeraApps & CELTA Summer School

13th - 19th of July 2019

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Leuven Transferable Skills Training

12th and 13th February 2020

Transferable Skills Training: The main objective of this activity was to give an industrial point of view to the students. The visit of the IMEC foundry first brought an overview on what and how research is carried out in a more industrial cooperative environment. Secondly, 3 talks were given by Keysight Technologies adding a company perspective to how R&D is organized in companies. Subjects covered were: IP protection in a company, as intellectual property plays a huge role in keeping market share against competitors; different software development strategies applied to a specific product for 2D and 3D EM simulations; and finally, an overview on how product development is carried on and managed inside a company, from the idea to the final service or product sold.

Career and Industry Day

31st March, 7th April, 14th April, 21st April and 28th April 2021

Career and Industry Day: The main objective of the Career and Industry Day was to assist our ESRs with the transition into the next stage of their career and gain a better understanding of what potential employers are looking for in a candidate. A series of virtual Career and Industry Day sessions were held in March and April to provide our ESRs with a perspective of the employment market from a range of companies and research institutes. Each company/research institute provided a 20-minute presentation to the ESRs introducing their company/research institute, typical job profiles, and what they are looking for in a candidate. There was then a 10-minute Q&A session to allow our ESRs to ask follow-up questions.

The following companies/research institutes were involved in the TeraApps Career and Industry Day: Keysight, FormFactor Inc., Fraunhofer-Institut für Hochfrequenzphysik und Radartechnik FHR, VLC Photonics, IQE Inc., and Teledyne e2v.

Third Transferable Skills Training Course

8th, 10th, 15th and 17th June 2021

Transferable Skills Training: The final transferable skills training course focused on the next steps for the TeraApps Early Stage Researchers (ESRs). It was comprised of the following workshops: 

  • Introduction to Public Engagement
  • Careers Orientation
  • Leadership and Supervision Skills for Researchers
  • EU funding opportunities for Early Career Researchers