Centres of Doctoral Training

CDT mapThe Software Sustainability Institute has gathered information on the Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) in a map, as some of them may require training in basic software development skills to help scientists improve or speed up their research, ensure that their results are more reliable and verifiable, encourage sharing code and collaboration with others and aid reproducibility overall. As the Institute already has multi-year training agreements with some CDTs relating to running and coordinating Software Carpentry (SWC) and Data Carpentry (DC) workshops, we were also interested to identify other centres, which may be interested in either helping with setting up regional training centres or setting up their own software training.

Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs), also called Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs), are one of the several ways by which research councils in the UK provide support for advanced, high-level and increasingly interdisciplinary scientific training following undergraduate studies.

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Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs), also called Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs), are one of the several ways by which research councils in the UK provide support for advanced, high-level and increasingly interdisciplinary scientific training following undergraduate studies.

Some of the CDTs may require training in basic software development skills in order to help scientists improve or speed up their research, ensure that their results are more reliable and verifiable, encourage sharing code and collaboration with others and aid reproducibility overall. For this reason, the Institute was interested in finding out the details of CDTs (supported by our funding organisations and close collaborators - EPSRS, BBSRC, ESRC, NERC and AHRC), including:

  • their training strategy
  • how many students are in their cohorts each year
  • when did the first cohort start and when will the last cohort start
  • how are they spread geographically

As the Institute already has multi-year training agreements with some CDTs relating to running and coordinating Software Carpentry (SWC) and Data Carpentry (DC) workshops, we were also interested to identify other such centres, as they were likely to be interested in either helping with setting up regional training centres or setting up their own software training.

The task of collecting details of CDTs was made easier by using information available in RCUK’s Gateway to Research, a website which provides information relating to publicly-funded research and training projects (and APIs to access that information programatically). Only a few adjustments had to be done manually (for missing, newly-announced centres) by looking directly on…

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SoftwareCarpentryNewcastle.jpgSoftware is of fundamental importance to most research, but many of the next generation of researchers will lack the skills they need to exploit it. A good understanding of software, and the confidence to develop it, allows researchers to get more work done in less time, and produce results that are both reliable and reproducible. The Software Sustainability Institute is an EPSRC-approved supplier of training for the Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT). 

Since 2012, over 1000 students have benefited from the training we deliver together with Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry - initiatives that have been developed for researchers from all disciplines. The Software Carpentry training covers a series of practical software engineering techniques and practices that provide the skills needed to harness the power of software and develop robust and maintainable code. The Data Carpentry training focuses on effective data management, analysis and sharing to support reproducible research.

Why Software and Data Carpentry?

The Software Carpentry initiative was founded in 1998, and is run by Software Carpentry Foundation. It has the backing of many leading figures in the scientific software community, and over 6000 students worldwide have benefited from the training. In 2012, we were made the UK…

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The Institute's training activities have received a lot of interest from various international projects and institutions focusing on supporting research. Recently the Institute's work was presented at the eResearch New Zealand Conference where a number of participants from various research organisations at the Southern Hemisphere were interested in training in computational skills essential for modern-world research.

The eResearch New Zealand conference took place in Queenstown, on 9-11th February 2016, allowing for stunning views as a background to presentations. Aleksandra Pawlik, the Institute's Training Leader gave a talk as a part of the Training track. The talk titled "Supporting Research Software Community Though Training", focused on the development of Software and Data Carpentry in the UK as well as the Institute's work towards supporting the Doctoral Training Centres in the UK.

Several talks at the conference discussed the efforts undertaken in New Zealand and Australia in terms of digital skills for researchers, data management plans and also software citations. The latter was discussed by Robert Peters from ORCID and Alan Hyndman from Figshare. In their presentation they referenced the Journal of Open Research Software (whose Editor-in-Chief is the Director of the Institute, Neil Chue Hong). At one of the final sessions of the…

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