Nottingham Trent University to offer University Alliance’s Doctoral Training Programme

Nottingham Trent University is one of 13 universities in the UK to join forces to develop the University Alliance’s new doctoral training programme for the 21st Century – the Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) - which is launched today.

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Nottingham Trent University to deliver new postgraduate doctoral training programme

Nottingham Trent University is one of 13 universities in the UK to join forces to develop the University Alliance's new doctoral training programme for the 21st Century – the Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) - which is launched today.

University Alliance brings together a group of universities with a common mission to make a difference to their cities and regions. It uses the experience of providing high quality teaching and research with real world impact to shape higher education and research policy for the benefit of students and business and civic partners.

The DTA is the largest multi-partner and only nationwide doctoral training initiative of its kind. It has been launched in response to industry needs and to promote the UK's economic growth and productivity.

It builds on the research strengths and industry-focused ethos of Alliance universities and aims to produce independent, highly-employable researchers with the expertise and skills in strategically-important research areas.

The first DTA will be in Applied Biosciences for Health and will start in October 2015. It offers fully-funded postgraduate programmes, an expert network of support and improved employment opportunities for PhD researchers.

Professor Yvonne Barnett, Head of the College of Arts and Science and Pro Vice Chancellor for Research, Nottingham Trent University, and DTA Director, Applied Biosciences for Health, said: "The healthcare sector is a fast-moving, global market. The UK must commit to developing our world-leading research base to make sure we continue to be leaders in this field.

"Alliance universities understand this, and are investing in the next generation of researchers through the DTA in Applied Biosciences for Health. It brings together a range of exciting research projects from across the UK. The value to PhD students, supervisors and employers of this collaborative and multi-disciplinary learning environment will be huge."

Professor Steve Allin, Head of the Graduate School at Nottingham Trent University and Training Group Representative for the DTA, added: "This is a fantastic new initiative and our researchers will not only benefit from the world-class facilities, supervisors and support available to them at Nottingham Trent University, but will also be able to join the broader professional community where they can enjoy the collaborative power, expertise and reach of the DTA.

"The programme will help us to produce postgraduate researchers who are job-ready and can apply the results of their excellent research to deliver real world impact."

Maddalaine Ansell, Chief Executive of University Alliance, said: "Bioscience is a growing industry where the UK has a competitive advantage. The recent Research Excellence Framework results demonstrated that Alliance universities have real strength in bioscience and healthcare research.

"We hope our new DTA – which is the largest multi-partner, and only nationwide, doctoral training initiative of its kind – will give PhD students the expertise and skills that industry needs and contribute to the productivity of this sector."

PhD students can apply for DTA programmes at Nottingham Trent University, along with 12 other University Alliance universities. For more information visit the University Alliance website.

  • Notes for editors

    Press enquiries please contact Dave Rogers, Head of Communications, on telephone +44 (0)115 848 8782, or via email.

    • The Doctoral Training Alliance will be launched at a high-profile event at the Royal Society of Biology, London on Thursday 24 September.
    • University Alliance brings together a group of universities with a common mission to make the difference to their cities and regions. We innovate together, learn from each other and support every member to transform lives and deliver growth.
    • Alliance universities educate 23% of all health undergraduates in the country and returned strong performances in the recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) accounting for 15% of the UK’s Allied Health research power. The 13 DTA partner institutions alone account for 12% of the UK’s research power in Allied Health.
    • Two PhD places will be offered at each institution on the programme. The DTA PhD students will form a cohort of 26 in the first year, 52 in the second year and grow to 78 over the three-year programme.
    • As well as benefitting from the world-class facilities, supervisors and support at their home institution, the PhD students will be joining a much broader community – where they can enjoy the collaborative power, expertise and reach of the Doctoral Training Alliance.

Nottingham Trent University to offer University Alliance’s Doctoral Training Programme

Published on 24 September 2015
  • Category: Press office; Research

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