ESRC sponsors new regional partnership for social science researchers

7 November 2023

The University of Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin University will lead a new collaboration for the social sciences in the East of England. The CAM Doctoral Training Partnership [DTP] will be funded by the Economic and Social Research Council [ESRC] from 2024-2028, supporting 32 talented doctoral students each year to undertake social science PhDs at either university. CAM also encompasses collaborative arrangements with the Universities of Bedfordshire and Suffolk, who in time will join the growing CAM consortium to form a centre of social science training expertise in the north and west of the Eastern region. 

CAM will work to broaden routes into postgraduate education for students from under-represented backgrounds. It will develop regional opportunities for collaboration through its ‘Research in Practice’ activity, providing internship and knowledge exchange activities with a broad range of non-academic partners, and will offer a range of additional learning and development opportunities for the benefit of over 4000 social science postgraduates across the consortium. 

Professor Yvonne Barnett, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Innovation) at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), said: “Social scientists are crucial to solving many of the problems we face today, and this new announcement will fund important doctoral research to take place here at Anglia Ruskin for benefit of our local communities and wider society.

“Anglia Ruskin’s core mission is to transform lives through innovative, inclusive and entrepreneurial education and research, and so we’re delighted that this new collaboration, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, will also be placing an emphasis on attracting doctoral students from under-represented backgrounds.”

CAM DTP Director, Professor Michelle Ellefson, said ‘I look forward to continuing to work together with Anglia Ruskin University and our partnering Universities on this exciting new social sciences initiative. We will be able to reach potential PhD applicants from a range of backgrounds, giving them state-of-the-art opportunities to become leading social scientists in their future careers as researchers across sectors. In the long run, CAM-DTP will provide a new focus for social science training that is embedded with engagement in the city of Cambridge and the wider region’   

CAM joins 14 other national DTPs in the ESRC network, working together to ensure future generations of skilled, challenge-focussed social scientists, and will see its first intake of students in 2024. Students applying to social science pathways in either university will automatically be considered for funding. 

In addition, the University of Cambridge continues to support around 100 students through its existing ESRC DTP.

You can find out further information on the UKRI website