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Supporting collaborative training opportunities and networking

The Doctoral Training Partnership Scotland is a consortium of Scottish higher education institutions (the Glasgow School of Art, the University of Aberdeen, the University of Dundee, the University of Edinburgh, the University of Glasgow, the University of St Andrews, the University of Stirling and the University of Strathclyde) in partnership with 28 cultural, industry and other non-HEI organisations which include organisations such as the BBC Scotland, the Dundee Repertory Theatre, the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, the Edinburgh International Book Festival, Oxfam Scotland, Police Scotland and the Scottish Opera.

The DTP Scotland sits within the Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities (SGSAH), which secured additional funding not only from the 16 member HEIs of the SGSAH but also the Scottish Funding Council, to open up training opportunities to doctoral researchers across Scotland.

DTP Scotland students at an induction workshop in October 2014/15. Credit: DTP Scotland

2015 has seen a calendar of events geared towards broadening the skill-set of DTP Scotland’s students, and widening the career options of the graduates from the outset. For example, in April 2015, the THES award-nominated programme ‘A Creative Enlightenment’ was held, encouraging the DTP’s students to explore the enterprise potential of their research and network with local artists, entrepreneurs and other professionals from cultural and creative organisation and businesses.

By April 2015, the DTP had offered over 250 training opportunities. The DTP’s first residential event, held in Stirling in January, focused on training in communication, networking and personal development. The doctoral researchers also visited The Battle of Bannockburn Experience to gain insight into knowledge exchange processes and how academic research engages with and informs a popular visitor attraction. ‘We were delighted’, says Professor Dee Heddon, SGSAH’s Dean, ‘by the sense of community and cohort that our first residential event engendered among our students. This has subsequently been enhanced through training led by students from multiple HEIs on topics such as research blogging and by our first national Summer School which included 18 workshops covering a range of topics from the philosophy of knowledge and research to methods of co-creating research with communities, as well as sessions on digital humanities and knowledge exchange. This culminated with a doctoral research impact showcase, held at The Lighthouse in Glasgow, Scotland’s centre for design & architecture’.

This case study featured in the 2014/15 AHRC impact report. (PDF, 7.7MB)

For more information on the project visit: Scottish DTP Website