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‘The Transition Zone’: a unique approach to the development of postgraduate researchers

Lead Authors

Dr Donna Palmer (Centre Manager, Loughborough University)


Dr Carmen Torres-Sanchez (Deputy-Director, Loughborough University)

In recent years there has been significant investment in cohort-based postgraduate research training. Furthermore, the importance of personal and professional development of postgraduate researchers has become widely acknowledged. This poster describes how the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Embedded Intelligence is delivering a unique training and development programme, the ‘Transition Zone’, to meet the needs of today’s’ researchers, universities and industrial partners. The programme commences by introducing researchers to postgraduate study and equipping them for the years ahead. The three pillars of leadership, enterprise and entrepreneurship and personal business model provide a structure for the on-going personal development support and facilitate the researchers’ eventual exit from the CDT environment into employment as highly-skilled and conversant graduates. Also presented is how programme was accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM), which allows all researchers to gain an international-recognised leadership and management qualification during their PhD studies.

Key Messages

Why Loughborough University have developed an externally accredited development programme for their CDT postgraduate researchers.
What the EPSRC acclaimed Transition Zone training and development programme entails.
How the postgraduate researchers, the University and other stakeholders benefit from the Transition Zone training programme