For staff supporting doctoral students

Supporting Doctoral Training Entities

These programmes are for staff working in any Doctoral Training Entity (DTE) in GW4 institutions.

Developing your DTE is a bespoke, facilitated event which any DTE that is led by a GW4 institution can apply for and have tailored to their unique needs.

This programme offers additional, targeted support for DTEs led by a GW4 institution by providing bespoke, facilitated workshops. Our aim is to offer tailored training opportunities for leaders and their teams (academics and professional services staff) to meet their specific needs.

Whether your DTE is flourishing, facing specific challenges or has lost its momentum, these workshops are designed to flex to your needs.

Please read the application guidelines for further details on the ‘Developing your DTE’ programme and before finalising your Application Form

This is a rolling call. Your application will be considered on the next available review date, so please make sure it reaches us by:

  • Monday 13 November 2017
  • Monday 12 February 2018
  • Monday 14 May 2018
  • Monday 13 August 2018

If you would like to discuss your idea for future ‘Developing Your DTE’ events or would like more information, please e-mail the GW4 PGR Partnerships Coordinator at, or call 0117 928 9153.

Community of Practice

Designed to support effective networking and best practice sharing for academics and professional services staff working with GW4 DTEs. Another GW4 DTE Community of Practice Event is planned for late spring 2017. Watch this space for further details coming very soon.


This toolkit is a collection of evidence-based tools to support staff who are bidding for, establishing and running doctoral training programmes. It covers the lifespan of a doctoral training programme from proposal to final closure.

The toolkit will be of value to doctoral training programme directors, institutional leads, managers, administrators and professional service staff supporting postgraduate research activities.

The tools are designed to act as templates and can be adapted to local circumstances. The toolkit is indexed by category and programme stage.

Follow your institutional link to access the toolkit.

University of Bath
University of Bristol
Cardiff University (Log into the Intranet and search for: GW4 Doctoral Training Partnerships Toolkit)
University of Exeter