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Partnership to boost regional doctoral training

Psychology is among Portsmouth's areas of expertise set to benefit from new doctoral training partnership

Psychology is among Portsmouth’s areas of expertise set to benefit from new doctoral training partnership

Research at the University of Portsmouth is set for a major boost, following the announcement of a major new Doctoral Training Partnership by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

The partnership brings together the universities of Southampton (which is the formal lead institution), Portsmouth and Brighton. It is expected to significantly enhance postgraduate training across the south coastal region. From 2017 to 2022, there will be six new cohorts of PhD students in a wide range of disciplines including Criminology, Economics, Psychology, Health and Wellbeing, Linguistics and Social Statistics.

Students will be members of innovative interdisciplinary training pathways.  They will gain expertise in their subject area while ensuring that their analytical, research and communication skills can be applied within interdisciplinary teams in order to deal with the global challenges of the future.

Partnership deputy director and professor in Human Geography, Liz Twigg, said:  “The award of an ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership is very exciting news for the University of Portsmouth and particularly for our research in Area Studies and in Psychology. It represents a major recognition of our excellence in the social sciences. We are very pleased to be collaborating with Southampton and Brighton and look forward to taking the partnership forward.”

Professor Pal Ahluwalia, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Innovation, added: “This is a welcome announcement, which will help facilitate stronger interdisciplinary research collaboration across the three institutions. The partnership will provide us with opportunities to contribute further to important social science research questions at an international level as well as addressing some of the unique social and economic problems facing the South East Region and the South Coast area.”

The partnership is one of the ESRC’s new Doctoral Training Network, comprising 14 Doctoral Training Partnerships and two Centres for Doctoral Training. The Network is aimed at widening access for postgraduates to Council funding and the highest quality training in the social sciences across the UK to provide future skills in the human and social sciences.

Professor Jane Elliott, ESRC Chief Executive, said: “Our new Doctoral Training Network will assure our students’ futures as research leaders by providing them with valuable skills including capabilities in communication, project-management and collaboration within and beyond academia.”

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