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ISEE 2012 - Claire Hinchliffe

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Centres for Doctoral Training:
The PhD of the Future? Claire Hinchliffe Advanced Metallic Systems Centre for Doctoral Training Evolution of the UK PhD
Centres for Doctoral Training
Features
Landscape
Models
Opportunities
Future? Outline Standard PhD 1992 - Engineering Doctorate 2002 - Roberts Review 2000 - Life Science Interface CDTs Complexity Science CDTs 2008 - EPSRC call for CDTs Other Funders 2011 - Mid-term review 2013 - Second EPSRC call Future...? 3 years
Continued from undergraduate studies
Research focussed
Supervisor-dependent experience Traditional UK PhD Industrially relevant training
4 years
Taught element
Increased stipend
>75% time on an industrial project
>25% time at collaborating organisation

By 2007
22 Centres based at 14 universities
1230 Research Engineers
510 sponsoring organisations Engineering Doctorate Student Numbers Funding Source - Full time UK starters in 2009-10 Findings
Drop in STEM graduate and postgraduate numbers
Decline in quality of postgraduates
Doctoral students poorly prepared for careers in academia or business

Recommendations
Increase in stipend to average graduate starting salary
Two weeks dedicated training per year in transferable skills
Range of PhD programmes should be encouraged 'SET for Success' - Roberts Review Engineering &Physical Sciences Research Council Programme
4 year programme with taught element
Support for multidisciplinary training
10 centres initially funded
Forerunner of current CDTs Life Sciences Interface CDTs 4 year programme typically funding 50 students over 5 cohorts
Up to 25% taught elements
Increased student choice and ownership of the PhD project
Cohort ethos
Emphasis on transferable skills training as well as research training

£250M invested to fund 44 centres, including 17 Industrial Doctorate Centres (IDCs)
Current portfolio comprises 79 centres across 28 institutions EPSRC CDT Features Full list of centres available at http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/students/centres/Pages/default.aspx Funded in 2009 with £6.3M from EPSRC
Jointly hosted by Universities of Sheffield & Manchester
Aims to address shortage of metallic materials specialists
Students
2.1 in chemistry, physics or engineering
Good teamwork and communication skills
Potential for leadership
Industrial Collaboration Advanced Metallic Systems CDT Cohort building Induction Course Aims - to provide a supportive environment for students to present their work and establish links with other students, academics and industrialists National Student Conference in Metallic Materials Advanced Metallic Systems Programme Aims
Focus on behaviours
Self-awareness
Giving and receiving feedback
Teamwork
Partners
Theory and Simulation of Materials
Medical Devices (Authentity I)
Bristol Centre for Functional Nanomaterials (Authentity II) Authentity Materials Monopoly at the Cheltenham Science Festival Public Engagement Projects Effective way of training a cohort of students
Many centres had leveraged substantial industrial funding
Driving wider change with other funders adopting similar models
Benefits from linking CDTs with other major investments
Centres can be a catalyst for bringing people together
Centres can act as nucleation sites for a range of activities
Successful centres combined committed academics, strong management and a student-focussed approach
Outputs not fully evident EPSRC Mid-term Review Feedback Quality and breadth of training
Innovation in teaching and assessment
Management of students and supervisors
Development of best practise
Student experience
Enhanced support and feedback
Critical mass
Activities
Collaborations, including multi-institutional centres
Profile
Facilitates multidisciplinarity
Outputs...? Benefits & Opportunities Other UK Research Councils (ESRC, BBSRC, AHRC, NERC)
Excellence in training
Collaboration/partnership
Some thematic centres
Funding
FP7/Horizon EU Initial Training Networks
Multipartner - Initial Training Network
Innovative Doctoral Programmes
European Industrial Doctorates
Institutional, industrial and charitable funding Other Doctoral Training Schemes Role in institutional strategy
PGT, PGR, Research
What is the CDT model? Flexibility vs control
Links to other PhD training routes
Two tier system?
Sharing of CDT best practise
Administration
Compatibility and integration with existing structures
Cross departmental/faculty/institutional working
Cost
Additional activities
Administration and management
Teaching Challenges Centre-based approach for priority areas
Elements of CDT approach rolled out to all PhD students
Reduction of cost/student
Standardisation of CDT model within institutions
More links between centres and shared activities Future...? Thank you Thanks to the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council for their financial support
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