Over 600 scientists and support staff work for the LMB, with over 450 directly carrying out research – including around 80 PhD students.
Most groups in the Laboratory are small, with group leaders managing only four to eight people, including one or two research students. As a result, students have access to an abundance of skilled help and advice.
Equipment and facilities
The LMB encourages the free interchange of ideas and advice. Since there are no physical or financial barriers between groups, and all equipment and facilities are communal and shared, students are encouraged to seek expert advice and help wherever and whenever they need it.
The LMB offers its researchers access to some of the finest scientific facilities and equipment available in any laboratory, anywhere in the world. Find out more about our:
Talks and symposia
In addition to the range of work and expertise at the LMB, graduate students have the opportunity to hear a range of leading scientists speak, as part of LMB talks and symposia, and to interact with them individually. Attending talks with leading scientists from the UK and abroad is one of many things we encourage our students to do, to help them to grow, scientifically and intellectually, whilst away from the bench.
Training in transferable skills
As a graduate student at the LMB you will also be able to access numerous IT courses and specialist Medical Research Council courses on topics such as presentation skills, writing and management skills, alternative career options within science; and how to get a fellowship. We also encourage our graduate students to present their work on numerous occasions and to organise their own international symposium each year. This provides valuable experience in how to organise scientific meetings – from managing budgets and arranging catering to scheduling the day and marketing the event.
Graduate students at the LMB can also attend a wide range of training courses provided by the University Graduate School of Life Sciences and take advantage of other university facilities such as the University Careers Service, which offers courses on writing CVs, interview skills and assistance with career choices.
If you are an Open University student, you should make use of the Open University learning resource ‘STM895 Postgraduate Research Skills in Science’ which is available on the PhD skills website: http://phdskills.open.ac.uk/. Part of this course involves the research skills audit. The skills audit is a valuable exercise that will help you and your supervisor plan your research training.
Graduate Student Association
The LMB also has its own Graduate Student Association (GSA), run by and for students. The GSA helps to create an atmosphere of fellowship and collaboration among students, whilst increasing awareness of students’ needs and giving them a unified voice in discussions with the LMB leadership. For more detailed information on the LMB and to get a flavour of what to expect as one of our graduate students visit the GSA’s online “insiders’ guide”.
If you are an Open University student, you are also a member of the OU Student Association.