Training Needs Assessments (TNAs)
Training Needs Assessments are an essential part of an ARIES PhD and offer the chance to stop, take stock, and make plans for the coming year and beyond. We expect that ARIES students will make this assessment five times during their studentship:
Year 1 | By mid-November | ARIES Initial TNA
Year 1 | April-June* | ARIES Continuing TNA
Year 2 | April-June* | ARIES Continuing TNA
Year 3 | April-June* | ARIES Continuing TNA
Year 4 | April-June* | ARIES Continuing TNA
*The TNA should be undertaken as an integral part of formal progress review meetings, which usually take place within this time-frame. ARIES will impose an annual deadline for the return of Continuing TNA forms, usually in late June or early July, but will be flexible as far as reasonably possible for part-time students, January starters, and others who may have become ‘out of sync’ with this annual cycle for other reasons.
ARIES students are required to submit written work as required by their department of registration, even if this is optional, and will be asked to confirm this submission as part of the TNA process.
Training Needs Assessment (TNA) downloads
Forms should be completed in conference with your supervisor, and emailed to email@example.com.
ARIES Initial TNA Form 2019-20 [docx]
ARIES Continuing TNA 2019-20 [docx]
If you require forms in a different file format, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request them.
Each year we file a report to NERC, and to ensure that we report as fully as possible, we will ask our students for information about their activities in the last 12 months. This request will usually be made via an online form, sent out in June or July each year.