Frequently Asked Questions – PhD Projects

How do I advertise an exemplar PhD project on the website?

If you are an academic eligible to supervise DTP students and you would like to advertise an exemplar project, please complete our project submission form. Your project proposal will be vetted by your head of department (UCL staff) or management board representative (Non-UCL staff), and the DTP admin team before being posted on the site.

What is a research theme?

We have identified eight broadly-defined Research Themes which reflect the Partnership’s areas of research excellence and in which we can deliver world-class research training. Please browse our themes and select the most relevant to the exemplar project you wish to submit.

I’m not sure who my approver should be

If the primary supervisor of the project is a UCL member of staff, then the project should be sent to their Head of Department for approval. If the primary supervisor is a member of staff at one of the other DTP partner organisations, the project should be approved by their management board representative.

My project isn’t listed on the website yet, although I know it has been approved. Where is it?

We aim to have new exemplar projects listed on the site within 10 working days of approval by your local approver. Please be patient with the administration team, especially at busy times of year. If more than two weeks have passed and your project still doesn’t not appear, please contact the DTP admin team.

My project is not visible on the DTP site. Where is it?

Your project may no longer be visible on the website because you are not eligible to supervise a student in the current cohort – please read our eligibility guidelines for more information. If you believe you are still eligible and cannot see your project listed, please contact the DTP Admin Team. If your project has recently been approved, it may take up to 10 working days for it to appear on the site. After this time, if the project is still not listed, please get in touch with the admin team.

I want to undertake research for my PhD that is not listed in the PhD projects list – what should I do?

Great! We encourage our students to develop their own PhD project ideas and your project proposal does not have to include any of our exemplar projects. Our ‘Meet the Supervisors’ events during term 1 are a great opportunity to meet potential supervisors and discuss project ideas.

What is a CASE Partnership?

A CASE partnership is a formal collaboration between a PhD studentship and a non-academic organisation. The CASE partner must agree to contribute financially as well as providing nonfinancial benefits such as equipment, facilities, training and expertise.

How is it different from a project partner?

CASE partnerships are a formalized collaboration between non-academic organisations and PhD studentships. A PhD project may also partner with organisations in a less formal way,
these are known as project partners. Named project partners must commit to specific contributions (either financial or in kind contributions), but many PhD studentships have looser
relationships with multiple non-academic organisations.

What does the CASE Partner get out of it?

CASE partners benefit from direct involvement in academic research. They benefit from having input in the design stages of your PhD, ensuring that the results of your research address meaningful and relevant questions. They also gain from inclusion in any academic publications.

What Happens to the CASE Financial Contribution?

The £3000 – 4000 contribution from the CASE partner will be added to your RTSG for use on research costs during the project.

Can I have more than one CASE partner?

If relevant, you may have more than one CASE partner, but you must be able to justify unique benefits to the project of each partner. You may also partner with external organizations in a less formal way, outside of the CASE framework.

If you have unanswered questions about PhD projects with the London NERC DTP, please contact the DTP Admin team.

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