In partnership with Nottingham Trent University, Dr Louise Bramley, Aquiline Chivinge MBE and Professor Joanne Cooper from the Institute of Care Excellence at Nottingham University Hospitals (NUH), sponsored by Dr Neil Pease, have been successful in gaining funding from Research England and Office for Students joint funding call to improve access and participation for black, Asian and minority ethnic students in postgraduate research. This is a project partnership that also includes Liverpool John Moore University, Sheffield Hallam University and provider organisations in the cities of Liverpool and Sheffield.
The Trust will benefit significantly from this partnership as part of the EDEPI programme, which will create opportunities that are specifically targeted at our staff from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds to engage with continuing professional development, to embrace research and innovation, and to articulate and address their own research and innovation challenges. These outcomes align well with our own strategic priorities and that of our BAME Network. In practice this will see up to 30 staff per year for three years (90 staff), from black, Asian and minority backgrounds from across all disciplines at NUH, to attend development events and work with academics from NTU to explore research priorities and their aspirations to study at doctoral level. There will then be opportunity for up to 18 of our staff over three years to apply for and commence PhD level study with fees being funded by NTU and ring-fenced CPD time (1 day per week) for those who are successful to undertake a part-time PhD relevant to their job role.
About the EDEPI Programme:
There is a concern with equity in Doctoral education in the United Kingdom. PhD researchers in the United Kingdom do not reflect the broader population, nor do they represent the population of first-degree graduates from which they are drawn. As a result, crucial voices aren't heard, and the research sector misses out on tremendous chances for problem-solving creativity.
EDEPI aims to resolve this equity problem and increase the participation of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic groups in doctoral education. It is one of 13 projects funded by Research England and the Office for Students. Our project is divided into three work packages (WP) led by colleagues from across the consortium partners.
Commenting on the programme, Dr Louise Bramley Said: ‘’This is a really exciting project and I look forward to working alongside colleagues from across the Trust as they start their research journeys.’’
If you would like to learn more about the project, please visit the NTU website: www.ntu.ac.uk/edep