The Doctoral College of Languedoc-Roussillon supports five doctoral colleges of the Montpellier Académie to assist PhD students with finding employment and leveraging their PhD qualifications. The Doctoral College is a component of ComUE LR-Universités.
It is aimed at the more than 1,700 PhD students at the following institutions: Paul Valéry-Montpellier 3 University, the University of Perpignan Via Domitia, the University of Nîmes, IMT Mines Alès.
Its activities are funded by the institutions and doctoral colleges and by the State (regional contract), Nîmes Métropole and Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole, and the Occitanie Region. The Doctoral College of Languedoc-Roussillon is a member of the National Network of Doctoral Colleges (RNCD).
MISSIONS OF THE DOCTORAL COLLEGE OF LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON
- To provide shared services on behalf of the Doctoral Colleges, offering PhD students cross-disciplinary training courses and distance learning courses (e-learning), cutting down on duplication, and enabling the Colleges to target their action and focus their resources on their specific subject area.
- To offer training courses and arrange career- and employment-related activities in which PhD students from different disciplines can work together and become aware of the common and specific skills they acquire during their doctorate. This training is thus designed to improve the employment prospects of PhD students. Changes in postgraduate education mean that the majority of young PhD students no longer end up working in the academic sector. Part of the training of PhD students should therefore focus on gaining awareness and valuing the skills acquired in the process of gaining a PhD, which should be promoted when seeking employment.
- To help to promote the value of doctoral qualifications among both the institutions themselves, and among business and public authorities, which employ few doctoral students despite their potential value to these organisations.
Lack of knowledge of the skills offered by candidates that have completed a doctorate and of the assistance available to young researchers in these organisations is an obstacle to their employment. The Doctoral College of Languedoc-Roussillon works with public authorities, institutions and businesses to provide more information about doctorates and encourage meetings between them.
In accordance with these principles, the following initiatives have been developed by the College:
This event helps to foster exchanges between PhD students and businesses and encourages networking. Groups consisting of 5 or 6 PhD students and 1 or 2 entrepreneurs compete during a one-day event to come up with an industrial project that meets a brief announced that morning by the event organisers. More information
A residential training week focusing on careers in business and the creation of an innovative group project. Les doctoriales® gives PhD students from very different backgrounds a unique opportunity to work together on a project, become aware of their strengths and the role they can play in a work team, and innovate in a different field from the one in which they are doing their thesis. More information
This competition is not just a media event; it is part of a training course in which PhD students learn to make their explanations of what they do more succinct and easier to understand for the layperson, and to extract the most relevant information in order to convince others of the value of their work in a very short time. This training will be really useful for them when it comes to preparing for recruitment competitions and interviews. The competition also has a national and international profile and, if competitors from the region are successful, raises the profile of our doctoral courses. More information
In this initiative, teams of PhD students help to make a radio programme where they have to explain to the public what it's like to be a PhD student and summarise the work on their thesis in concise, easy-to-understand terms. An additional goal is to learn to communicate scientific results to the media. Operation organised in partnership with Radio Campus. More information
A SPOC on the legal aspects of setting up innovative businesses was made available online for the first session in March 2018. More information
The aim is to inform PhD students about a subject that directly affects them by introducing them to professionals during an informal 2-hour discussion. 'After works' for businesses are also set up to promote the skills of postgraduates with PhDs to potential future employers. More information
Training courses lasting one or more days during which (external) professional trainers talk about specific topics requested by the PhD students (writing papers in English, mathematical and statistical tools, public-speaking, etc.)
ACTIVE PARTICIPATION IN THE NATIONAL NETWORK OF DOCTORAL COLLEGES
This network is very active at circulating information. It contributed to the debate on the new decree and feedback to the national authorities. The Doctoral College of Languedoc-Roussillon Universités attended the network's second meeting in October 2015 in Bordeaux and hosted the third meeting on 13 April 2016 in Montpellier. One of the network's aims is to coordinate the activities of doctoral colleges to promote the value of PhDs nationally.
Address: Collège Doctoral LR - COMUE Languedoc-Roussillon Universités – 8 rue de l'École Normale - 34090 Montpellier, France
Website: Doctoral College of Languedoc-Roussillon
Telephone: +33 (0)4 67 41 68 41
Director: Nicolas INGUIMBERT
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