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Information for Supervisors

The Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership students and postdocs will be joining a stellar research environment, consistently rated among the top half-dozen research communities in the world. They will benefit from supervision from internationally renowned scholars, actively engaged in research of their own.

Being part of the Cambridge ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership can be very rewarding for supervisors and students alike. The ESRC considers external and public engagement to be a priority requirement for enhancing the education of graduate students as there are clear benefits for researchers from collaborating with an external, non-academic partners. There are a range of activities that allow supervisors and PIs to engage with non-academic partners, and PhD students and postdocs should be encouraged to explore such opportunities for external engagement. This can be in the form of access to new data, additional perspectives or ideas to develop into new research directions. Not only can external engagement generate publications, but it can serve to increase their impact and raise the profile of the academic research. The Cambridge ESRC DTP can also provide assistance in linking up with partner organizations to co-fund studentships or to provide placements for students between their thesis submission and viva; for further information please contact the  

For existing supervisors

Another way of extending research experience is for students to engage in collaborative activities. This can take many forms, the most basic being an internship or other placement, but other possibilities include a shared research agenda, action research, or planned feedback presentations. Some form of planned ‘knowledge exchange’ is key to collaboration.

Supervisors support is crucial helping students to consider the appropriate collaborative angle to their research and to identify potential partner organisations. The DTP has a range of opportunities available demonstrating engagement with the world of research, policy, government, NGOs and so on, aiming to ensure that social science research has impact beyond academia. Collaboration therefore can include: jointly conceived research ideas, placements/internships, and knowledge exchange activities; it means more than gaining access to a group or organisation.

For PIs and potential supervisors

Potential supervisors can explore gaining funding for new PhD students by linking up with non-academic organizations, and PIs can collaborate with external partners to internships, placements or networking and training events. Funding for future students through the Knowledge Exchange Studentships should be aligned as closely as possible with the ESRC Priority Areas and the UK Government’s Grand Challenge Areas. Further information can be found here