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Training and Development

Your development

 
CHASE offers a host of opportunities for developing your skills and professional expertise.
— Dr Matthew Grant
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During your studies you will become specialists in your respective academic fields, but we firmly believe that academic excellence is most readily achieved by building a broad skills base. To this end, as well as advanced skills and methods training across all humanities disciplines, we will provide you with the opportunity to reflect on and improve your skills in digital humanities and public engagement. As your studies develop, you will have the opportunity to undertake a funded placement with one of our prestigious partner organisations. Whether or not you are aiming at an academic career, we strongly encourage you to build your skills throughout your time as a CHASE PhD student. The Training and Development Group monitors all CHASE training and aims always for the highest levels of delivery and satisfaction. If you have training needs which you feel are not catered for then do let us know - it’s what we’re here for!

Dr Matthew Grant
Chair of CHASE DTP Training and Development Group
July 2017


Training

CHASE is committed to providing you with skills and expertise to succeed in your doctoral research and in your chosen career path.

Alongside the training offered by your home institution, CHASE offers a programme of cross-institutional and interdisciplinary training. This programme is developed by CHASE faculty in consultation with CHASE doctoral researchers. You can also undertake a placement at a CHASE partner or external organisation. You can access online training courses via the CHASE Virtual Research Environment (VRE). We expect that you will undertake at least 10 days of training and development activity each year. In order to get the greatest benefit from these opportunities, it is essential that you plan your training and development alongside your research. An important first step is to discuss your development needs with your supervisors at one of your initial meetings. To help you explore your training needs, you have access to the Vitae RDF Planner tool. 

New funded students must complete the CHASE Training Needs questionnaire by 20 November. This will help CHASE to ensure that the training needs of the cohort are met.

This process will help you not just to plan your studentship, but to start to consider your options after completion. Please read the AHRC Doctoral Researcher Training Framework, a short document which provides useful examples of research skills, and the broader context for your development as a doctoral researcher. It may seem a long way off but it is important to explore what you want to do after completing your doctoral research. The answer may well have some bearing on your decisions regarding training, placements etc. You should discuss this with your supervisor and/or your institution’s careers service. 


CHASE cohort training

In addition to the core training provided by your institution, CHASE offers high level training and development opportunities specific to the arts and humanities. 

The session at the British Library was excellent - a great opportunity to see how recent PhDs had used innovative methods and new approaches and time for us all to discuss our projects with each other
— CHASE training participant

We create environments in which PhD researchers, research staff and researchers working at cultural organisations can discuss and debate the future of disciplines and fields, explore burgeoning areas of research activity, and identify future priorities for research and methodological approaches. CHASE training and development should be viewed as an opportunity to contribute to these debates.

How to book
CHASE training is co-ordinated by the central CHASE team and will be advertised via the email bulletin and website. The sessions are open to all students in arts and humanities at CHASE institutions, but funded students enjoy a short priority booking period. Sessions should be booked online as directed. You can claim travel expenses to attend CHASE training sessions.

 

Training at your institution
All CHASE member institutions provide a programme of core research and professional development skills training for doctoral researchers. Sessions will be provided by your doctoral or graduate school, by your academic school or department, or by your careers service – this varies between institutions. These opportunities will be explained to you at your institutional induction. If you need training on a topic that is not offered at your institution, as a CHASE-funded student you are also able to access the training sessions offered by other institutions, and claim travel expenses to attend. Please use the links below to see the opportunities on offer.

Institutional resources
CHASE includes two of the world’s finest university museums (the Courtauld Institute Gallery and the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts); key national archives and resources (such as the History Data Service, the Mass Observation Archive and the Witt and Conway libraries); university theatres and cinemas (e.g. the George Wood Theatre, the Gulbenkian, Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts); laboratories and studios (for instance Goldsmiths’ Digital Culture Unit, the OU Institute of Educational Technology, Sussex Humanities Lab and the Courtauld’s conservation facilities). There may be facilities at CHASE that would benefit your research; please see CHASE Members for further details.

Other training and development opportunities
Some CHASE partner organisations offer their own training courses for doctoral researchers. We will publicise these in the email bulletin throughout the year.

AHRC programmes for researcher development:  

  • The International Placement Scheme provides funded research fellowships at world-leading international research institutions.
  • New Generation Thinkers aims to develop a new generation of academics who can bring the best of university research and scholarly ideas to a broad audience through BBC broadcasting.

Encounters

Encounters is the biannual conference for the entire CHASE community. These student-focussed events provide an opportunity for CHASE-funded students, their supervisors, members of the CHASE staff, and representatives from non-HEI partners to meet. We discuss new ideas, and benefit from talks given by academics and speakers from the arts, the cultural and creative industries, and beyond. Students participate in designing the Encounters programme. Details of past conferences can be found below. 

However, Encounters, like CHASE, is an ever evolving project and no two conferences have been or will be the same as we continue to work together to find new ways of exploring the Arts and Humanities and deliver cohort-appropriate training.

Please note: attendance at Encounters is compulsory for CHASE-funded students.

The next CHASE Encounters will take place on 2 December 2017 at the University of Essex