Objectives of the Doctoral Training Alliances
Alliance universities are committed to maintaining the pipeline of relevant and diverse future high-level skills for the research and innovation ecosystem. To this end, they coordinated an investment of over £11 million over the next five years in Doctoral Training Alliances (DTAs), with plans to increase this investment further in 2017.
Recognising the value of cohort-based learning and employer co-designed training programmes, University Alliance launched its first DTA in 2015, in Applied Biosciences for Health. A second DTA in Energy launched in autumn 2016, in partnership with the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) for Infrastructure Systems and a third DTA in Social Policy launched in autumn 2017. Further DTAs are in development.
DTA strategic objectives
- Excellence in postgraduate research training with five core values: advanced technical, subject-specific and generic skills with a focus on critical reasoning, research integrity, socio-economic context and impact.
- Development of a mobile, nationwide and international community with broad connections to professional networks, industry and commerce.
- Focus on communication and translation of applied research within academia, with industry (particularly SMEs) and to the general public.
- The opportunity for research training staff to build a national network and develop themselves through interacting with a wider staff and student base across many universities and through the connections to external professional networks, industry and commerce.
- DTA supervisors as integral part of the training programme, including tailored opportunities to foster interaction and form mutually beneficial research partnerships.
Benefits for students
- Enhanced training environment through peer-to-peer support
- Targeted and employability-focussed training programme with breadth and depth, drawing on UK-wide expertise
- National connectivity
- Industry exposure across the UK
Benefits for employers and industry partners
- PhD employees ready to translate their high-level skills into practice in the work place, and experience of potential employees through placements
- The opportunity to design and deliver training suited to business needs
- A structured framework to collaborate with researchers, both PhDs and supervisors, across the country with expertise in applied research
Benefits for supervisors and universities
- Follow-on research collaborations
- Access to world-class training facilities and asset sharing
- Efficiency savings
- Innovation through collaboration