The key aim of the NERC Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), led by Academic Director John Underhill and based at Herriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, is to develop broader knowledge and deeper skill sets in their postgraduate geoscience students beyond the demands of their individual projects. Research degrees demand adaptability and self-application but the specific technical skills may not directly transfer to the requirements of the workplace. Amongst geoscientists, this workplace has commonly been the oil and gas industry, where new methodologies, skills and workflows must be learnt before new staff can become fully productive members of a team. The CDT in Oil and Gas was set up in 2014 to develop these skills and the programme has been highly successful, with the vast majority of graduating students finding employment in the industry.
The collaboration between GeoLogica and the CDT has been announced by them to industry sponsors and higher education partners with the following press release from John Underhill below:
GeoLogica teams up with the NERC CDT in Oil & Gas
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Oil and Gas is delighted to announce that it has entered into partnership with a leading training provider, GeoLogica.
The agreement enables the PhD students to participate in GeoLogica’s extensive suite of online courses as part of the CDT’s Geological Society accredited training program.
Welcoming the agreement, the CDT’s Academic Director, Professor John Underhill, said: “The mission of the CDT is to help build the next generation of geoscientists. The link up with GeoLogica will not only give our students access to world-leading training but it will allow them to develop, hone and sharpen their skills and expertise for future careers in industry, as part of the energy transition.”
Dr Neil Harbury, one of GeoLogica’s founders and Principal Advisor said: “We are delighted to be associated with the CDT. In partnering with it, we are recognising the outstanding success of the program and the way in which the CDT is pioneering doctoral training in the UK.”
We are really looking forward to working with NERC CDT management and its students to help build the geoscientists of the future.