The ARIES system of whole-cohort training builds a networked group of scientists working across NERC’s science remit, and across the Partnership. We focus our training into a few residential events which both enables you to focus on your research for longer periods, and provides a space in which you can gain some distance from your PhD and reflect on how things are going with the support of your peers.

ARIES cohort training is delivered to all its PGRs in a series of mandatory events, which are compulsory for all DTP-funded and DTP-associated students. Students will only be excused under exceptional circumstances and you must complete the online form for approval at least one calendar month prior to the event. The dates of DTP training are advertised well in advance of the event, and students and supervisors are expected, as far as possible, to arrange the work of the PhD project (and students’ personal commitments) around these dates. Unauthorised non-attendance at DTP training events (or non-engagement with the DTP’s reporting mechanisms) can lead to sanctions against student and supervisor.

You can view or subscribe to the ARIES calendar of events, and a table of events is provided below. Please note that while there may be some changes to the programme due to unforeseen circumstances, it is important that you consult this list and the ARIES handbook when making choices of other training to take – otherwise you may duplicate training that will be delivered through our cohort events.

Year 1

Year 2

Year 3

Reporting and the TNA

The reporting requirements for all ARIES students are detailed below.

Forms are available for download:

 ARIES Initial TNA Form

 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, non-October 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.