Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Student Launch event – 20th & 21st September 2017

Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Launch Event for new AHRC funded students starting PhD’s in October 2017 with the following institutions:

Imperial War Museums; National Gallery London; Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers and the Royal Society); Science Museum Group: Science Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, National Medical Museum, National Railway Museum York and the BT Archives; Scottish Heritage Consortium: National Museums Scotland,  HES and National Galleries of Scotland; Tate; Thames Consortium: National Maritime Museum, National Portrait Gallery, National Archives; The British Library; The British Museum; Historic England, English Heritage and the Victoria and Albert Museum

The CDP student launch event is an opportunity for new students to meet fellow CDP students, CDP Consortium members, past and current CDP students along with Institutional and Higher Education co-supervisors. The draft programme is listed below. Full programme details will be updated once confirmed.

For new CDP students the launch event is the best way to start your CDP PhD, the only chance that you get to meet all CDP students in your year during the course of your research project, and is hugely valuable in term of learning what the next 3+ years have in store. It is also a great way to find out opportunities available during your studies and career prospects post PhD.

Day 1 Wednesday 20th September Tate Britain, Clore Auditorium

Draft Programme below – an updated programme will be available before the event

  • Welcome
  • Your Collaborative Studentship. What it is and how it works?
  • What is it like to be a CDA Student? Panel discussion
  • The View from the AHRC
  • Money Matters
  • Lunch – provided in the foyer outside the Lecture Theatre
  • CDP Training and other opportunities
  • Administration and Social Media
  • Breakout session for Institutional and HE Co-Supervisors
  • Where can your studentship take you?  Careers after the doctorate in Higher Education and the Cultural and Heritage Sectors
  • Closing Comments and Prize Ceremony

Followed by networking event & pub quiz at a local pub


Day 2 – Thursday 21st September

Morning Session – British Library 10.00 – 13.00

Archives & Documents – more in-depth discussions with fellow CDP students about your research topic. Staff from the British Library & The National Archives will be on hand to advise on how to use their catalogues efficiently.


Afternoon session including lunch – British Museum 13.15 – 17.00


After lunch a material culture/object focused session – Thinking through Things, Working with Things, Researching Things.

With a chance for you to meet current CDP students and staff members from the Museum, Gallery and Heritage sectors.


Institutional and HEI supervisors are invited to attend the CDP student launch event Day 1.

Hotel Accommodation is provided for new CDP students please do not book in advance. Travel is also reimbursed for CDP students. Invite is via Eventbrite email please contact if you have any queries.


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