Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

School of Education

SoE becomes part of new Doctoral Training Centre

10 February 2011 |

A successful collaboration between the universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York will create one of the UK’s biggest doctoral training centres for postgraduate researchers in the social sciences. The School of Education is an integral part of the new doctoral training centre.

The consortium's application to form the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) was accepted by Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), which praised the exceptionally high standard of the bid. Peer reviewers and panelists commented on its strategic vision, solid collaborative foundations, and the high quality of the research base and training plans. Members of the ESRC Training and Skills Subgroup remarked that the bid was "one of the strongest applications submitted".  

Professor Geoff Hayward, Head of the School of Education at the University of Leeds, welcomed the new opportunities provided by the doctoral training centre. "The School of Education is delighted to be involved with this exciting new development which offers huge opportunities for postgraduate research students applying to the School to be involved in cutting edge, interdisciplinary research projects with world class researchers."

Professor Anne Kerr, Pro-Dean for Research in Leeds' Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law stressed that "by combining the expertise of the White Rose Universities, the DTC will deliver excellent supervision, first class training and vibrant intellectual environment for postgraduate research students. It will enable them to participate in our national and international networks of industrial partners, opinion formers, policy makers and academics, and will produce doctoral graduates with outstanding skills and flexibility."

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