In 2011 the ESRC launched its network of Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs). The network comprises 21 DTCs spanning the length and breadth of the UK.
The DTC scheme is designed to concentrate support for UK postgraduate research training in a small number of centres. Each one will combine high quality training in research methods and transferable skills, excellent supervision, and a strategic approach to the development of postgraduate research provision.
The overall aim of the network is to support postgraduate training to help ensure the flow of highly qualified people into research careers.
The ESRC DTCs cover the full range of social science disciplines as well as areas of interdisciplinary research. The DTCs were accredited as ESRC training providers following a competitive peer review process and they have provided clear evidence that they can deliver the highest quality training provision.
The ESRC monitors and evaluates its DTCs in a number of ways:
- ESRC Case Officers support and monitor the performance of the DTCs.
- Annual Reports are required to be submitted to the ESRC by each DTC within the network.
- DTC Visits are conducted by ESRC officials and accompany the annual reports.
- Network Evaluation is conducted by the ESRC, through which all DTC allocations are reviewed against disciplinary benchmarks.
- An independent evaluation of the DTC network will take place in 2014-15.
More information on the monitoring and support mechanisms of the ESRC can be found here.
Last updated 19 Oct 2015 4:50pm