The Supervisory Board has the overall responsibility for the training programme. However, the delivery and monitoring of the training programme will be organised by the Training Board (TB). The TB will monitor the training of Young Researchers throughout their recruitment. It will also be responsible for the programme of training events and mini-workshops (see above). The effectiveness of the training will be evaluated by the TB for the mid-term Report and also at the conclusion of the Network.
The progress of the Young Researcher will be primarily monitored by weekly meetings with the supervisor. These meetings are summarized in annual reports completed by the student and the supervisor, and collated by the host department. These reports will also be seen by the TB. There will be an annual interview (based on the annual report) with the supervisor and another member of staff which will give the student experience of explaining and defending their research. At the end of the interview, the student will be able to raise any concerns they have about the progress of their project with the independent member of staff. Seconded fellows will be interviewed by the node co-ordinator on completion of their research training visit to assess the progress of the project, discuss how the visit went, whether any problems were encountered and to set out plans for completion of the research
project and/or for future work.
The network will organize several training events at individual participant sites. In these meetings we will allocate time to Young Researchers to present their work and the TB will be able to directly monitor the general progress of the Young Researchers.
The Training Board will have access to the individual Personal Career Development Plans and therein. Participation
at training courses and network events will also be closely monitored by the TB.
The overall effectiveness of the training will be validated if the Young Researchers achieve their primary goals. For 36 month ESR fellowships, this includes a successfully defended PhD thesis. The
primary output of the individual research projects carried will be papers published in peer reviewed journals. We expect that the end of the contract is followed by the start of a new employment either in academia or in industry. A secondary output in all cases will be the dissemination of results through talks at scientific conferences.