NINE DTP funding is available for our awards holders to create a personalised training experience. Candidates can attend our programme of events, apply for small grants to attend and engage in external training opportunities, or even create or propose events of their own devising.

Define your research training programme

Create a personalised research training experience

NINE DTP are able to offer our award-holders the opportunity to create and shape their own training experience during their PhD.

We offer a rich and diverse set of training opportunities through the DTP. This includes:

  • NINE DTP Autumn Conference
  • NINE DTP Summer School
  • Our Advanced Training Courses:
    • Writing Across Boundaries
    • Visual Methodologies
    • International Fieldwork in Development Contexts
    • Participatory Action Research
  • Methods training (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Our recurring events, including events on
    • impact
    • research communication, social media, podcasting
    • media training
    • collaboration
    • wellbeing
    • interdisciplinarity
    • methods training

In addition to our training courses, we provide access to training across our partner institutions, and with several research institutions a centres found across our universities – for instance, at Durham we work with the Durham Research Methods Centre and the Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS).

We also work with colleagues from the Impact Accelerator Teams in Durham, Newcastle and Queen’s Belfast via the Accelerating Business Collaboration programme – details of their training events and activities can be found here.

In addition to this, all NINE DTP award-holders can apply to the NINE DTP Research Training Support Fund, through which all award-holders may apply for monies to attend external training events, conferences, workshops and seminars – both within the UK, and Internationally.


Use your RTSG to attend external research training events, conferences and workshops

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Internships and Placements

Internships and Placements may form an integral part of your training experience

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Student Led or Suggested Events

Create or Suggest your ideas for new research-related Training Events

NINE DTP welcomes suggestions from our award-holders around the kind of events they would like to see run. We are particularly keen to encourage and support Student-led events.

These events can be for internal or external audiences, for DTP students or the wider PGR community.

All award-holders are invited to submit applications for funding to run their own events – simply complete this form and submit it to the DTP at least two months in advance of the events expected date.

Alternatively, if you have an idea for training that you would like to see the NINE DTP provide, our award-holders can submit this form to request that NINE DTP attempt to provide a training course based upon your requirements.

Student-led Events

Submit an application to seek funding to support a student-led training event

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Request a training event

Submit a reuqest for NINE DTP to commission / run a training event on a topic of your choosing

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Training Needs Analysis

All NINE DTP students will be required to complete an annual Training Needs Analysis exercise. Using the vitae framework, all award-holders will be asked to identify training needs and progress against four key categories:

  • Knowledge and Intellectual Abilities
  • Professional Effectiveness
  • Research Governance and Organisation
  • Engagement, Influence and Impact

The outcomes of this exercise are analysed on an institutional, pathway and overall DTP level, with the NINE DTP Director reporting the findings to the Academic Quality Committee. The ESRC also review individual responses, to ensure the exercise is being completed effectively and the training needs of our students are being identified and addressed appropriately within our remit.

We encourage our award-holders to engage with the process, and to use it to shape their own research training experience in conjunction with their supervisors.

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