UWE Bristol and partners form South West Doctoral Training Partnership

Issue date: 31 October 2016


A new generation of social science researchers will be trained to tackle a range of 21st century challenges, thanks to a £16m partnership between UWE Bristol and the Universities of Bath, Bristol, Plymouth and Exeter.

The South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP) will recruit 270 PhD students over six years to tackle the complex and global nature of the social, political, economic, and environmental challenges we face. The role of social scientists – working at the interface of science, policy and society – is crucial and requires multi-dimensional, innovative, and collaborative responses.

UWE Bristol joins an already established strategic partnership between the Universities of Bath, Bristol and Exeter to further strengthen the research environment, expertise and training opportunities available across the south west of England. As recognised research leaders, all five institutions will provide excellent training, development and supervision for the postgraduate community across disciplinary and interdisciplinary research fields.

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Business Engagement) Martin Boddy said: "We are delighted to be part of this partnership which is a significant step forward in our ambition to provide an outstanding environment for doctoral researchers."

The partnership is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and is the largest of the 14 Doctoral Training Partnerships across the UK that it now supports.

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