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August 2016

Doctoral Training Network widens access for postgraduates to ESRC funding

(2 August 2016)

Following a bid submitted to the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) in February 2016, the Universities of Manchester, Keele, Lancaster and Liverpool have been successfully accredited as an ESRC North West Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership (NWSSDTP). The consortium builds on the platform provided by the current North West Doctoral Training Centre (NWDTC) and will award studentships to six cohorts of Postgraduate researchers between 2017 and 2022.  

Professor Maja Zehfuss, Faculty of Humanities Associate Dean for PGR said: “The new funding to take forward an enlarged Northwest Social Science Doctoral Training Partnership will allow us to build on the work with our partner universities in the Northwest over the past five years. This success is testament to the commitment of our staff to all aspects of doctoral training and the achievements of previous cohorts of postgraduate researchers.” 

The University of Manchester is also part of the two specialist Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) awarded in this around, making it the only university to have been successful under each of the DTP and CDT calls. The two new CDTs, with £2.2 million funding each, will provide training in focused thematic interdisciplinary areas: New Forms of Data and Biosocial. 

Professor Zehfuss added: "We are absolutely delighted that consortia involving Manchester have been successful under each of the ESRC’s calls for doctoral training.  Manchester will be able to continue to provide the highest quality doctoral training across the entire range of the social sciences through the NWSSDTP and will also be part of specialist centres for doctoral training in New Forms of Data and Biosocial Research.  This confirms that the Northwest and Manchester are at the forefront of providing excellent doctoral training in the social sciences.”