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Doctoral College: who we are and what we do

The Doctoral College team provides support to all prospective and current doctoral students to enable them to join and thrive in our research community.

About the Doctoral College

The Doctoral College (DC) team is normally mostly located in offices on Level 3 of 10 West on campus, although since Covid-19 we have been working remotely. The DC is made up of three main sub-teams covering admissions, programme support, and development and student experience.

For students:

  • we coordinate a friendly, fair and equitable recruitment process allowing you to present yourself and your qualifications in the best possible way
  • we work with colleagues both inside and outside the University to ensure your doctoral research environment is the very best it can be
  • we champion doctoral needs to provide you with the best advice and support to facilitate your success

For staff and supervisors:

  • we share best practice to enable you to provide the best doctoral experience for our students
  • we balance the requirement to comply with our University regulations and the requirements of our funders with the aim to minimise the time you spend on administration
  • we empower you to recruit the very best doctoral candidates in a competitive global marketplace

For the University:

  • we facilitate the training and development of future research leaders and innovators
  • we uphold high standards in admissions and programme support, seeking to recruit the best doctoral students from around the world to deliver on our research ambitions
  • we provide a central point of contact for our funding partners and we manage key relationships with our external stakeholders to ensure the reputation of the University is upheld and enhanced

Our Doctoral College ethos

We look to the people who are closest to the doctoral experience to guide us. We are open to ideas and feedback on how best we can support you. We constantly seek to improve the way in which we do things and we take on board your ideas.

We explore these through the University Doctoral Studies Committee, working together with student and staff representatives to consider the best way to enable a positive doctoral experience.

What is different about a ‘Bath Doctorate’?

Doctorate students at Bath benefit from: