Here are some examples of The Open University’s current partnerships:
Partners: University of Oxford and University of Cambridge
The Open University is pleased to offer Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funding through the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership (OOC DTP). The DTP is a consortium of three universities underpinned by world-class research and training environments, supported by strategic partnerships with the BBC World Service, the National Trust and British Telecom.
The Open-Oxford-Cambridge DTP will be awarding more than 385 AHRC-funded PhD studentships over a five-year period and up to 77 studentships (part-time or full-time) are available across the consortium for October 2019 entry. AHRC PhD studentships are available to UK and EU residents via The Open University across all three AHRC subject classifications: ‘Histories, Cultures and Heritage’, ‘Creative and Performing Arts’, and ‘Languages and Literature’.
The Open University is internationally recognized for innovative research across the Arts and Humanities. We host a number of major AHRC- and ESRC-funded research projects. We have a strong commitment to cross-disciplinary work, to national and international public engagement, and to creative partnerships with a range of non-university partners.
Partners: Imperial College London and University of Cambridge
Since 2014, The Open University has been working with Imperial College London and the University of Cambridge, in delivering a new EPSRC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) aimed at building civil nuclear skills for global markets. The Imperial-Cambridge-Open CDT (ICO-CDT) is supported with almost £4 million from the EPSRC and with additional backing from a large range of companies. The ICO-CDT is led by Imperial College London and is training a large number of PhD students.
The primary objective of the ICO-CDT is to train a cohort of PhD students of international quality who are prepared to operate in the competitive global nuclear business and technology arenas, in addition to delivering high-impact research.
Partners: University of Birmingham, University of Leicester, Loughborough University, University of Warwick, Cranfield University, British Geological Survey and Centre for Ecology & Hydrology
The Central England NERC Training Alliance (CENTA) is a consortium of universities and research institutes who work together to provide excellence in doctoral research training within the remit of the Natural Environment Research Council.
CENTA encompasses research activities within three broad themes:
These themes cut across 20 academic departments within the 6 universities, as well as across 4 NERC research organisations. Our partnership reflects both the multidisciplinary nature and excellence of our research and the high numbers of researchers in central England who span the breadth of the NERC remit. A critical mass of researchers in close geographic proximity is one of our great strength. It facilitates shared access to facilities and training and helps to build a strong cohort identity.
Training in CENTA is supported systematically by end-users from industry to non-governmental organisations and governmental agencies.
Partners: University of Oxford and Brunel University London
The Grand Union DTP is an ESRC Doctoral Training Partnership uniting The Open University, the University of Oxford and Brunel University London.
The partnership builds on the recognised research and doctoral training strengths of all three institutions. The partnership is committed to a student-centred approach to research training, to widening access to postgraduate study, and to disciplinary and interdisciplinary research excellence. It is proud of the support it gives its community of scholars and works hard to give them every opportunity to develop as future researchers and professionals.
The DTP covers 24 subject areas (‘pathways’), including the following OU pathways, all of which have a strong emphasis on socially-engaged research: