Training and Development Initiatives – June 2019

Training initiatives, internships, 2020 PhD cohort, and the Faraday Scholars Programme and more...


Media Training

Having polled our community to establish the demand for media training we are pleased to be running training courses in Newcastle, Birmingham and London. Thank you to all those who completed our survey. We hope the attendees find the training valuable. We have a small number of spaces still available at the sessions in Newcastle and London. If you’d be interested in attending, please contact Matt Howard.

WMG Battery School

Earlier this month we enabled 22 PhD researchers, PDRAs and project staff to attend the in-depth WMG Battery School, which is a mix of high-quality lectures, ‘hands-on’ lab sessions, and dinner speakers from each of the Faraday Institution research projects. It is likely that we will fund another week-long Battery School for Faraday Institution researchers next year. Please notify Fran Long if you are interested in attending.


Feedback from attendees:

  • “Highly recommended workshop for anyone working on batteries. Covers a great deal of relevant topics along with a lot of aspects of batteries from science, engineering and legal perspectives.”
  • “A must for people starting in batteries. A great balance of practical and theory.”
  • “Awesome practical. I really enjoyed learning more about microscopy and getting to use the TEM to do EDX mapping myself. The practical was well organised and all the speakers … were very knowledgeable.”
  • “Excellent introduction to the electrode making process. Very useful to have hands-on experience.”

Battery Business Mini MBA Programme

We are creating a battery business focused training programme for our year 2 PhD cohort. If you have any suggestions regarding content or contacts who might have valuable insight to share please send details to Fran Long.

Other Training Opportunities

Faraday Institution researchers have access to a wide range of battery-related training courses with opportunities being sign-posted here.

Karin Kleiner at Diamond made us aware of a summer school for fuel cell, electrolyser and battery research that takes place annually (16-20 September 2019) in Athens. This summer school aims to introduce topics that are important for energy storage and conversion and targets students and researchers who are new to the field. A second week course with more advanced lessons will be offered if there is enough interest.

The Faraday Institution Studentships 2019/20

Recruitment for the next PhD cohort is well underway. There remain a few unfilled positions so please do spread the word to undergraduates that may be interested in applying. A Faraday Institution funded PhD researcher receives an enhanced stipend over and above the standard EPSRC offer. The total annual stipend is approximately £20,000 (plus London weighting) plus an additional £7,000 annually to cover training and travel costs. Recipients will have access to multiple networking opportunities, industry visits, mentorship, internships, as well as quality experiences that will further develop knowledge, skills, and aspirations.

Please could PhD supervisors let us know of any updates to the list of open positions. Thank you.

PhD Researcher Spotlight Videos

As part of our work to raise STEM career aspirations and showcase the work of the Faraday Institution we have created a series of four videos focusing on PhD researchers to capture what led them into this field and what inspires them in their work. Take a look at Dana Thompson’s and JJ Marie’s videos and share the links with e.g. undergraduates and A-level students who you think may be interested.


Faraday Undergraduate Summer Experience (FUSE)

This summer the Faraday Institution is funding 32 undergraduates who will undertake paid summer placements in the battery research field. Recipients will be assigned a supervisor who will give one-on-one career mentoring along with access to other research scientists and unique facilities and the opportunity to participate in hands-on research activities. This is a high-quality experience. Participants also have the opportunity to create a poster presentation for a forthcoming Faraday Institution event. We’d ask that all Faraday Institution researchers that have contact with the interns give them every support they can to make the experience as positive as possible. Thank you.

Faraday Institution Scholars Programme Launched

We are excited to be working with our seven founding universities to offer 14 undergraduate students from under-represented groups funding, mentorship and links to the battery technology community as they study for related STEM degrees as part of our initiatives to create the next generation of battery researchers. We will be publicising the initiative further this autumn when the 14 Scholars begin their degrees.

Website - Education & Skills

April saw the launch of the new education and skills area of the Faraday Institution website. Here we aim to inspire young people to consider pursuing careers in battery technology and are showcasing the opportunities that are available at different stages. Take a look.

Included are details of the people that make up our Training and Diversity Panel, who advise us on how best to achieve our ambitious aims of creating a dynamic, diverse, driven pool of talent to work in the battery technology sector of the future. The panel brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise from academia, industry and the public sector.

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Posted on June 21, 2019 in Uncategorized

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Fran Long is a STEM engagement specialist who is passionate about promoting science and engineering. She holds a First-Class Honours Degree in Primary Teacher Education and has won awards for her research. Download her biography here


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