The Faraday Institution offers an enrichment scheme designed to increase the knowledge, skills and aspirations of dynamic and diverse cohorts of UK battery related PhD researchers, and setting up individuals for career success. Past graduates of the Faraday Institution PhD programme have gone on to successfully secure positions as postdoctoral researchers in academia, scientists in the battery industry, analysts in the energy storage sector and one has even successfully set up their own company.
Watch videos in which our PhD researchers describe their research, their thoughts on being a member of the Faraday Institution community, and what led them into this field of research. Dana Thompson. JJ Marie. Aaron Wade. Haydn Francis.
Read the case study about the success of the programme.
Kieran O’Regan, PhD Researcher
A programme of bespoke battery-related courses, delivered by experts in the field, ensures students are equipped with the in-depth knowledge and skills needed to maximise the potential of their research projects. The programme includes week long training modules such as the "Battery Safety Course" in Newcastle and "WMG Battery School" in Warwick. Download the 2022/23 Faraday Institution PhD Course Guide.
The prevailing theme of the Faraday Institution’s second year of PhD programming is a “mini MBA” on energy storage and entrepreneurship. The principal objective is to prepare our researchers with the knowledge and skills required to contextualise the global, industrial, and policy aspects of energy storage in which their research has the opportunity to make an impact. Further, the training looks to develop our researchers with the necessary skills to become leaders in their own right—in academic, industrial, governmental and entrepreneurial settings—for the benefit of the researcher and the UK.
Specific courses include personal development and strength identification, presentation skills, negotiations, leadership development, R&D project management, energy policy making, and entrepreneurship.
A range of battery-related industry tours provide PhD researchers with valuable insights into the application of battery technologies. To date these have included visits to Williams Advanced Engineering, Nissan, Hyperdrive and research facilities at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), Diamond Light Source, and ISIS Neutron and Muon Source.
First year Faraday Institution PhD researchers receive high quality training in how to be STEM Ambassadors, gaining experience in sharing their research in a relatable way to a wide range of audiences.
Being part of a large PhD cohort facilitates multiple opportunities for the sharing of ideas, peer support and guidance. Our PhD students are an integral part of our large, diverse, multi-disciplinary project teams that span multiple universities. As such PhD researchers have frequent opportunities for networking and collaboration, including attending some of our scientific review meetings of over 400 researchers.
Four years into our research programmes we are providing specialist training for 56 PhD researchers and universities support an additional 90+ researchers working on Faraday Institution projects. We invest in developing their knowledge, skills and aspirations to enable them and to take over the baton from established researchers (whether in academia or industry) to help deliver wave after wave of research breakthroughs for the UK in the years to come.