What out students have to say about E-Futures




I was drawn to the structure of a PhD working across two different departments that E-Futures offered. Add to that: the learning of new skills needed to do exciting and difficult research; supportive supervisors; the chance to visit a variety of organisations and businesses tackling the ‘energy problem’ in different and innovative ways; and the opportunity to attend a conference in Istanbul with other like minded, European students. The result is one very happy, excited E-Futures student. James Williams, Cohort 1




I’ve always been interested in alternative energies but was unsure how an undergraduate degree in Chemistry could be applied to the energy sector.  E-Futures provided the answer, with the first year giving me enough background information to make a decision about where to focus my interest.  The combination of lectures, mini-projects and field-trips provided a wider understanding of the global energy problem and a firm foundation for the coming years.   Philippa Uttley, Cohort 1




The E-Futures experience has been an academic challenge like no other. E-Futures has made me delve into new fields of knowledge, present my ideas to industry and, most importantly, share and develop my ideas with people from totally different academic backgrounds. Because of the lectures and site visits organised by the E-Futures course, I now feel well-rounded in the energy field and able to contribute usefully to debates ranging from the psychology of climate change denial to geological issues associate with carbon capture and storage. The process of learning from your peers from different disciplines has been an eye opener and shows how the combining world-views can lead to original research. This will be useful in the future as working environments are increasingly multidisciplinary.  Robin Lovelace, Cohort 1


''What I like about my DTC PhD experience are the broad topics from the lectures we had at the beginning of the year. The lecturers have a great deal of experience in their areas and have been friendly and available to answer questions. Another great idea are the mini projects; you can work with supervisors and PhD students with different backgrounds from your own, learn new techniques and develop hands-on training in different labs across the university. The site visits and the industry conferences have also been interesting because you find out about real-life situations in which energy projects are put into action and how they help people and the environment. Erardo Elizondo, Cohort 2



I find the structure of the first year really interesting and helpful, as it slowly introduces us to the main topics of energy so we can continue exploring a great diversity of topics from many different backgrounds. This contributes to the development of a broader background on energy, including some that I had never considered. A proper introduction to topics found in the five modules taken in Year 1, along with an extensive list of mini-projects where students are free to apply their knowledge gathered at an undergraduate level or choose a totally different path in order to collect new skills, allows for better planning of the next three years when the main PhD project is to be taken. Asiel Corpus Mendoza, Cohort 2


''I believe the strongest feature of E-Futures is its success at incorporating a multi- and cross- disciplinary learning and working environment. Students have the opportunity and are encouraged to draw much from the expertise and facilities present in different academic departments as well as industry contacts. The lectures are given by a wide range of experts, and allow the students to approach global energy issues from perspectives ranging from pure sciences to psychology.  As the global energy crisis is an intrinsically interdisciplinary issue, I feel that this type of working environment is essential for a thorough understanding of the problem, thereby allowing students to find comprehensive solutions. Milan Delor, Cohort 2





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