The E4 DTP NERC DEI Flexible Funding Award

The E4 DTP was awarded funding from the NERC DEI Flexible Funding Award to support an EDI project that ran between April 2022 and March 2023

The E4 DTP organised a number of Diversity, Equality and Inclusion activities with the objectives of (1) demystifying PhD research for applicants from diverse backgrounds, (2) improving inclusivity within PhD programmes and (3) developing resources for widening participation in future PhD recruitments. This included a mentoring scheme with high school, undergraduate and PhD students, some professionally-produced videos showcasing PhD students in their daily lives, and a survey of GeoSciences PhD students on EDI and WP topics.

What are PhDs really like? These videos feature six PhD students going about their everyday lives, and talking about the joys and challenges of their PhD studies.

The mentoring scheme featured ten groups each containing one high school pupil, one Undergraduate student and one PhD student.