A long-standing history
The ESRC was established in 1965 and has been the primary UK body for funding postgraduate training in the Social Sciences since that time. Nottingham students have been successful in securing a high number of ESRC studentships across a broad range of topics
In 2010, the ESRC established a national network of 21 institutional and consortia level Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs), through which they now deliver all of their studentship funding. ESRC DTCs cover the full disciplinary range of the social sciences as well as areas of interdisciplinary research.
At that time, Nottingham ESRC DTC was established as one of these 21 centres to receive funding.
To date, the Centre at Nottingham has provided financial and research support to around 200 students undertaking cutting-edge interdisciplinary research, covering 13 major thematic disciplines and 30 different training pathways that span all five faculties at The University of Nottingham.
The Midlands Graduate School and the future of ESRC doctoral funding in the Midlands
In 2010 when Nottingham was awarded DTC status from the ESRC as a single institution, the Universities of Warwick and Birmingham were also given the same status. Given the close proximity of these DTCs it became a natural progression for the three Centres to work closely together, sharing best practise, and coming together for student conferences and events.
When the ESRC commissioned its new doctoral training network in 2016, it announced that it would be streamlining the network from 21 centres to 14. The three centres decided to formalise their collaboration, along with the universities of Aston, Loughborough and Leicester, to create the Midlands Graduate School ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership. The Partnership was successful in gaining ESRC funding for a further six cohorts will welcome the first cohort of students in October 2017.