Work placements and the PhD experience

"Work Placements and the PhD Experience: The Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership" Professor Martin Halliwell, Deputy PVC International and Susanna Ison, University of Nottingham

Presented at the 3rd Annual Learning and Teaching Conference on Tuesday 30 June 2015.

Recording (25 minutes)


This presentation will illustrate the significance that the Research Councils UK (RCUK) now assigns to work placements as an integral component of the 21st century doctoral experience.  As part of the broader move by RCUK to allocate funding to doctoral training partnerships and centres (rather than the funding going directly to the student or the host institution), in 2013 a group of six universities based in the three Midlands cities of Birmingham, Leicester and Nottingham formed to develop a programme which would integrate academic study with the opportunity for work experience.  Following a successful grant application, the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership led by the University of Nottingham was awarded up to £14.6 million by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to run an ambitious PhD training programme over a five-year period across arts, humanities and some social-science subjects.  The presentation will explore the opportunities and challenges of working closely with different kinds of external partners to provide integrated opportunities for PhD students to enhance and extend transferable and subject-specific skills.  We will also reflect on the administrative, pedagogical and financial challenges of developing such a programme.

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