Nottingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre

ESRC Doctoral Training funding confirmed for a further six years for Nottingham


The University of Nottingham has joined forces with other Univerisities around the Midlands to create 'The Midlands Graduate School' (MGS). This Consortium, led by the University of Warwick, has been awarded a Doctoral Training Partnership, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) has recently announced.

The Midlands Graduate School Doctoral Training Partnership forms part of the ESRC’s new Doctoral Training Network which significantly widens access for postgraduates to ESRC funding across the UK.

The new Network consists of 14 Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and two Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs), supporting over 500 research students annually across the UK. The ESRC has announced a significant enhancement of support for early career researchers and will fund 50 Postdoctoral Fellowships annually through the DTPs.

The Midlands Graduate School DTP consortium will comprise the Universities of Warwick, Nottingham, Birmingham, Loughborough, Aston and Leicester.

Professor Alison Pilnick, Director of the Nottingham DTC said: "We are delighted that the University of Nottingham will continue to offer ESRC funded studentships across a full range of social science disciplines. Becoming a member of the MGS means that students will benefit from even wider opportunities for research methods training, professional networking and career development."

The Midlands Graduate School DTP will provide extensive training across and beyond the social sciences including core consortium strengths in Sociology and Social Policy, Economics, Management and Business, Politics and History.  Drawing on excellent research at Aston, Leicester and Loughborough, it will also offer innovative new training in Area Studies, Museum Studies and Communication and Media, and will be a hub for doctoral research across the Midlands through its wider links with a number of Associate Member universities.

The new national DTP Network replaces the ESRC’s current Doctoral Training Centres, with the DTPs covering a larger number of UK institutions with an increase of 59 per cent, from 46 to 73.

From October 2017 students in the Midlands and other locations across the UK, including Northern Ireland for the first time, will benefit from being able to access the highest quality training in the social sciences, supplying the next generation of social science researchers with the skills, curiosity and creativity to be truly innovative.

The training focuses on providing skills such as:

  • working in interdisciplinary teams
  • communicating research ideas and findings clearly
  • working alongside international partners
  • being equipped to undertake high-quality analytical work
  • handling different forms of data
  • collaborating with others

Professor Jane Elliott, ESRC Chief Executive, said: "Our new Doctoral Training Network will assure our students’ futures as research leaders by providing them with valuable skills including capabilities in communication, project-management and collaboration within and beyond academia."

Posted on Thursday 11th August 2016

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