Social sciences play a pivotal role in so many of the key issues facing today’s society, whether it’s improving our understanding of how computers are used to help us live in an increasingly digital world, developing new solutions to the challenges posed by globalisation, social diversity and population displacement, or providing high-impact and policy-relevant research on the social, economic and ethical issues raised by the development of new technologies.
The Nottingham Doctoral Training Centre was established as part of the Postgraduate Training Framework introduced by the ESRC from the start of the 2011/12 session. We play a key role in a national network of prestigious Centres and Partnerships, responsible for training and developing some of the brightest UK and international postgraduate students who will have to confront the strategic challenges of an increasingly complex and uncertain world. It has also enabled the University of Nottingham to strengthen and expand its agenda-setting social science research.
All ESRC Doctoral Training students receive training in 'core' research methods and researcher development, offered through a blend of central provision organised by the Graduate School and school-level provision. In contrast to previous years, the ESRC no longer stipulates requirements for discipline-specific training, but instead encourages more advanced training in cross-disciplinary areas.
The University has drawn on its experience in organising and managing DTCs for other research councils, such as the Horizon Digital Economy Research Institute and Doctoral Training Centre (funded by Research Councils UK). The Nottingham Doctoral Training programmes align closely with the ESRC’s strategic objectives and demonstrate how social sciences can be harnessed to address key research challenges related to energy, environmental change, globalisation, and the impact of behavioural and lifestyle choices.
In addition, the ESRC's now established DTC framework works to encourage greater involvement of non-academic bodies in postgraduate training. Therefore, a certain number of studentships at Nottingham involve collaboration with public, private or third sector organisations.
Nottingham is a member of the Russell Group which represents 20 leading UK universities committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector. As a research student at Nottingham you will be joining an elite, dynamic and exciting learning community.
Professor Alison Pilnick
Director of the Nottingham DTC and Professor of Language, Medicine and Society, Faculty of Social Sciences