The ACCE vision is to develop motivated, confident and multi-skilled students, undertaking cutting edge research, tackling environmental science questions of global significance, with the capacity to move between NERC scientific fields, and other areas, relating the science they undertake to business, policy, public needs, and society.
Some of the highlights of our training approach include:
• Whole-cohort training activities where ACCE students from all institutes come together;
• Cross-institutional postgraduate activities and committees, peer-to-peer training, and online resources that foster a strong postgraduate community.
• Training within a coherent multi-disciplinary environment. Our PhD students are exposed to disciplines in the environmental and biology subject areas with relevant and related fields in mathematics, engineering, geosciences, analytical chemistry, archaeology and policy.
• Opportunities for engagement with industry partners – such as The Environment Agency, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Natural England and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds – in training and placements.
• Bespoke and flexible training combined with compulsory activities to ensure each student has the most appropriate training according to their individual needs.
• Enhanced training opportunities in qualitative skills, ‘omics and field methods as well as enhanced professional skills such as entrepreneurship, policy, careers, and science media.
Our training and PhD research is well placed to address the environmental science skills gaps and we have large numbers of staff with expertise in all of the ‘15 most wanted skills’ identified by NERC.