Every PhD student enrolled in SNAK has their own supervisor and spends much of their time based in the supervisor's lab in a standard PhD-student/supervisor relationship. This supported but independent working is the best method of learning the realities of conducting research.
In addition, SNAK broadens the student's experience by organising their exposure to other internationally recognised researchers.
Our courses offer the opportunity to learn something new in a hands-on, intensive fashion; whereas our workshops give more general help, information and advice and also give the more senior students practise in presenting their work to a larger audience. The social aspects of SNAK should also be mentioned since they make the PhD student feel part of a larger group, with access to peers with similar interests, problems and experiences. This is especially important for industrial students, who can face commercial pressures not entirely compatible with their academic progress. SNAK also encourages exchange visits where this is deemed helpful, where a student visits another lab for a few months.