The ESRC is committed to the development of highly capable and innovative researchers, who are equipped for a wide range of careers and able to contribute to the broader economy and society.

Like all our research students, our ESRC scholars follow a programme of core and advanced research training throughout their doctoral studies. Each of our 23 pathways has specific requirements and expectations, but all comply with the ESRC’s 2015 research training guidelines.

Working with your supervisory team, you will identify your training and professional development needs. Carrying out a regular TNA (Training Needs Analysis) you will create a tailored plan designed to meet these needs over the full length of your doctoral life course.

As a student in the Grand Union DTP you will be able to take advantage of a mixture of pathway-specific, university-wide and online training opportunities across all 3 institutions. The dedicated training websites at Brunel, the OU and Oxford list courses and resources covering the four domains of the Vitae Researcher Development Framework (RDF), including research design and methods, communication, entrepreneurship, research integrity, digital literacy, project and data management, fieldwork, collaboration, Knowledge Exchange, research leadership and cultural competencies.

Training is offered in both face-to-face and online formats, allowing you to pursue opportunities as appropriate for your own course of study. Students are encouraged to share their own expertise and access to cohort funds will enable students to design and deliver training, seminars, workshops and conferences where appropriate.

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