D6 - Encounters in doctoral training: learning and sharing early lessons from creating cohorts in arts and humanities

Day 2 at 13:40 - Encounters in doctoral training: learning and sharing early lessons from creating cohorts in arts and humanities
Day Day 2
Session D
Start time 13:40

Postgraduate researchers 

Code D6

Caryn Douglas, Manager, White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities

Dr Eleanor Forward, Researcher Training and Development Manager, University of Nottingham

Jude Henderson, Director, Scottish Graduate School for Arts & Humanities

Susanna Ison, Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnerships Manager, University of Nottingham

Rob Witts, CHASE Doctoral Training Partnership Manager, University of Sussex

Workshop overview: 

In 2014 the AHRC created a number of new Doctoral Training Partnerships in the Arts & Humanities. Most awards went to consortia and presented a range of new challenges for recruitment, enhanced doctoral researcher training and cohort building within and across institutions as well as new financial and administrative structures and processes to support these activities.  

This session will use the experiences of four DTPs to explore the benefits, opportunities and challenges of working cross-institutionally and with external partners to provide integrated opportunities for PhD students to enhance and extend transferable and subject-specific skills. 

There will be an opportunity to think about what we mean by "cohort" and how it is understood and experienced by students, academic and professional staff at member HEIs.  We will look at communication, collaboration and training both inside and outside the academy, and reflect on the impact of DTPs on the wider doctoral training landscape.  There will also be a chance to share experiences from other institutions and disciplines.

Workshop topics covered: 

  • Collaborative Doctoral Training: what makes arts & humanities different from other disciplines? Who is involved in training design and delivery? How do graduate school structures relate to central Researcher Developer functions? 
  • Cohort Development: what is it and how do you do it?
  • Working Beyond the Academy: managing placements, projects and industry partners – what works?

Workshop outcomes: 

Participants will: 

  • Be able to describe the new challenges presented by DTPs in the Arts & Humanities.
  • Have heard four  experiences of starting up and managing DTPs, including managing recruitment, structuring training, securing engagement and cohort building across multiple institutions, with examples of good practice within such a diverse structure
  • Have had the opportunity to discuss their experiences with others facing similar challenges and leave with ideas to implement in their own organisations
  • Have an improved understanding of how a multi institutional DTP works in practice and the opportunities and challenges involved
  • Consider subject-specific approaches to doctoral training and how these might be the same and different across disciplines
  • Have developed their awareness of  how industry partners can be integrated into researcher development programme


Information, interaction and discussion.  Participants should also be prepared to include examples from their own experience during discussion.