About us

The North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership offers postgraduate studentships, supervision, training and skills development across the full range of the AHRC’s disciplines. We are one of eleven Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) and seven Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) brought about for this purpose.

Our aims

Our areas of focus are to:

  • promote the disciplinary capability and international research excellence necessary to underwriting the regional delivery of world-class PhD supervision and training in the arts and humanities
  • equip postgraduates in the arts and humanities with subject specific, interdisciplinary and transferable knowledge and skills of immediate relevance to both their academic studies and future employability. Exploiting the innovative opportunities enabled by its cross-institutional arrangements, the NWCDTP will provide internationally excellent training in both HE and non-HE contexts at home and abroad
  • enhance existing Knowledge Exchange (KE) relationships by expanding its use of regional, national and international cross-sector partnerships. To this end, the NWCDTP will optimise the mutually beneficial exchanges with non- HEI partners in a manner which both enhances the academic experience of its students and contributes to the socio-economic activity of private, public and third-sector organisations.

Strategic objectives

Our primary strategic objectives are to:

  • sustain and build upon existing capacity in world-class research and training in the arts and humanities, and support postgraduate researchers (PGRs) to make optimal use of available provision
  • further develop collaborative provision of internationally excellent supervision in subject-specific, generic and interdisciplinary knowledge and skills in the arts and humanities
  • enhance KE, public engagement and impact through interaction with private enterprise and public infrastructure
  • achieve the above through creative, flexible and stable collaborative structures and mechanisms in a sustainable and cost-effective manner.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We are at the beginning of a process to review the entire DTP.  We are developing a 3-year plan to address issues relating to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. Establishing this plan involves consulting with a range of communities and stakeholders, auditing our processes and practices, and taking a close look at the ways in which we do things. It involves reorienting the DTP, reviewing what it is we think important about doctoral study, and being open to new ways of working. Once this plan has been established we will work towards its goals.

The NWCDTP particularly welcomes applications from students from backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in Higher Education. We have made a commitment to supporting those communities that often have been marginalised. We are at the beginning of a process which we hope will address the underrepresentation and inequalities within our organisation. At the NWCDTP we are working to address imbalances and to promote equality of opportunity.

If you would like to be involved in this process, please contact our NWCDTP Director, Professor Jerome de Groot (Jerome.degroot@manchester.ac.uk).