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Cardiff Met expands role in major ESRC doctoral partnerships

​News | 8 November 2023

The Welsh Graduate School for the Social Sciences (WGSSS) has secured its open call competitive bid for a new Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), which Cardiff Metropolitan University will play an expanded role in.

Cardiff Met will continue to be part of the Sport and Exercise Science pathway, as well as two new pathways – Education and Psychology.

The WGSSS builds on the previous highly successful Wales ESRC DTP and will see a £40m investment in doctoral research in Wales, with £18.5m from the ESRC, £1.5m from non-academic partners, and the support of all participating HEIs.

With financial support from Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) and in collaboration with the Learned Society of Wales, it will deliver up to 360 studentships across five cohorts, with a training platform that will create a truly pan-Wales social science postgraduate research community.

Professor ​Sheldon Hanton, Cardiff Met’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) said: “Cardiff Met is delighted to be a partner in the Welsh Graduate School for the Social Sciences, a large and bold new partnership built on the very successful track record of the ESRC Wales Doctoral Training Partnership in which we also partnered.

“The increased scale of our involvement in the WGSSS is further evidence of the growing base of world leading and internationally excellent research reflected in our REF2021 results and will help us continue to deliver a truly exceptional research degree student experience to build on our already excellent performance in the UK Postgraduate Research Experience (PRES) survey.”