• The Doctoral Training Programme (DTP)

    The Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) is designed to support registered and visiting students through the PhD process and to equip them with the necessary skills to complete their research degree. All research students in the Faculty of Technology, Design and Engineering are part of the DTP, which comprises lectures, (social) events, networking and training opportunities for research students, and gives students a community of learning to support their research.

  • The DTP is organised into three strands:

    • Technology, Environment
    • Arts
    • Culture and Media

    reflecting the research strengths in the faculty. Students are usually attached to one strand but all sessions are open to all students given that research is often interdisciplinary.

    Each strand has its own programme covering theoretical and methodological issues and debates that engender advanced critical thinking and develop a full range of research skills. Regular seminars are organised to promote face-to-face discussion and to enable students to receive constructive feedback on their research ideas.

    All students share foundation classes on general research practices at the start for their programmes and are encouraged to attend social events to create a supportive network of friends and mentors. Workshops and writing retreats on topics such as writing proposals, analysing data and digital technologies are organised throughout the academic year.

    An annual conference showcases student work from across the faculty and gives students the opportunity to develop confidence in presenting and disseminating their work. Students have the opportunity to publish their work in the conference proceedings. Opportunities to accommodate specific training needs may be arranged as a result of supervisory discussion.

  • Meet our students

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  • Upcoming events

    Research Student Conference 2019

    Thursday 16 May 2019

    STOP PRESS: The call for abstracts is out.

    Watch this space for further details.

    DTP Art sessions

    Every Monday, 5.30pm
    RHB 1.15, Richard Hamilton Building, Headington Hill Campus

    For more information, please contact ray.lee@brookes.ac.uk.

    Further Approaches to Research: Postmodernism and Beyond

    Thursday 28 February 2019, 1.30–4.00pm
    AB 2.01, Abercrombie Building, Headington Campus

    This workshop introduced researchers to the toolset of participative methodologies developed by Tesserae. Tesserae is a platform to connect critical multidisciplinary research, education, art, communication and project development in the urban, territorial and social fields.

    Statistics Library Update, Referencing Technical Theses and Copyright

    Wednesday 6 March 2019, 1–2.30pm, 2.30–4pm
    R2.22, Engineering Building, Wheatley

    This workshop introduced researchers to the toolset of participative methodologies developed by Tesserae. Tesserae is a platform to connect critical multidisciplinary research, education, art, communication and project development in the urban, territorial and social fields.

    Analysing Qualitative Fieldwork

    Wednesday 13 Mar, 1.30–4pm
    CLC 2.11, Clerici Building, Heading Campus

    Surviving your Viva

    Friday 15 March , 3–4.30pm
    Green Room, Headington Hill Hall

    With Sue Brownill and Jane Potter

    PLES Typesetting using Latex: Optimisation methods

    Wednesday 20 March 2019, 1–4pm
    R2.22, Engineering Building, Wheatley

    Mobilities Research

    Wednesday 27 Mar, 1.30–4pm

    CLC 2.11, Clerici Building, Heading Campus

    Getting Published

    Friday 29 March, 3–4.30pm
    Green Room, Headington Hill Hall

    With Sue Brownill and Jane Potter

    Common Research Methods for new starters: Common Research Methods Session I

    Tuesday 9 April 2019, 2–3pm
    AB 1.01B,  Abercrombie Building, Headington Campus

    Research Revisited; What makes good research?

    Wednesday 10 April, 1.30–4pm
    CLC 2.11, Clerici Building, Heading Campus

    Common Research Methods for new starters: Common Research Methods II

    Tuesday 16 April 2019, 2–3pm
    AB 1.01B, Abercrombie Building, Headington Campus

    Recent news and activities

    Research Student Conference

    16 May 2019

    PhD students presented their research, displayed posters and gave performances. The event included participants from the School of Engineering, Computing & Mathematics, School of Arts, School of Architecture and School of Built Environment.

    Find out more »

    Research Student Conference

    How to plan your time and manage your research work: how to read a scientific paper

    Wednesday 20 February, 1–4pm
    R2.22, Engineering Building, Wheatley

    How to complete your RDC-R and RDC-T forms successfully: writing a technical PhD Thesis

    6 February 2019, 1–4pm
    R2.22, Engineering Building, Wheatley

    The DTP goes to Modern Art Oxford

    On Wednesday 6 February 2019 students went to see the ‘Fantastic Cities’ Exhibition at Modern Art Oxford. The exhibition uses film, video and other methods to portray urban differences, utopias and experiences. The visit sparked a lively debate about the use of different methods to capture urban life over tea and cakes.

    The DTP goes to Modern Art Oxford

    Conference Proceedings Published

    Papers from last year’s research Student Conference have now been published and can be accessed here.

    Find out more »

    Conferences Proceedings Published

    Introduction to Urban Sketching Workshop: Ink and Watercolour

    Wednesday 27 June 2018, 9.00am
    AB101B, Abercrombie Building, Headington Campus

    Have you always wanted to draw a sketch? Discover how easy is to capture your favorite urban or landscape scenery by joining Isabel Zozaya’s session about urban sketching.

    Find out more »

    Introduction to Urban Sketching Workshop: Ink and Watercolour

    Participative Methodologies Workshop

    Wednesday 20 June 2018, 13.00
    C216, Clerici Building, Headington Campus

    This workshop introduced researchers to the toolset of participative methodologies developed by Tesserae. Tesserae is a platform to connect critical multidisciplinary research, education, art, communication and project development in the urban, territorial and social fields.

    Find out more »

    Participative Methodologies Workshop

    Research Student Conference 2018

    Thursday 17 May 2018, 10.00am
    JHB205 - JHB208, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus

    The conference was part of the Faculty’s Doctoral Training Programme (DTP) and was organised by students in engineering, computing and architecture (Edward Hopkins, Mireya Munoz Balbontin and Serkan Gunay), a former arts research student (Aya Kasai) as well as the DTP Chair (Dr Sue Brownill) and the Research Administrator (Allison Stevens).

    Find out more »

    Participative Methodologies Workshop

    NEWS: Updated Moodle Site

    Powerpoints and other material from the DTP sessions are on Moodle, the University’s virtual learning platform. The site is being constantly added to to build up a one-stop-shop for research students. All students have access, so don’t forget to log on regularly.

    Virtual gateway for students

    Doing qualitative research

    Wednesday 13 February, 1.30–4pm
    CLC 2.11, Clerici Building, Heading Campus

    Staff voices

    Visiting students

    2019 visting students to be confirmed.

    Contact us

    Oxford Brookes University
    Faculty of Technology Design and Environment
    Doctoral Training Programme (DTP)
    Dr Sue Brownill