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Working in Consortia. Opportunities and Challenges. Sue Starbuck: South East DTC s.starbuck@surrey.ac.uk http://www.southeastdtc.ac.uk/. About us. Consortium of 4 universities: Kent, Reading, Royal Holloway and Surrey managed by Surrey DTC Manager based at Surrey (financed by partners)

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working in consortia

Working in Consortia

Opportunities and Challenges

Sue Starbuck: South East DTC

s.starbuck@surrey.ac.uk

http://www.southeastdtc.ac.uk/

about us
About us
  • Consortium of 4 universities: Kent, Reading, Royal Holloway and Surrey managed by Surrey
  • DTC Manager based at Surrey (financed by partners)
  • DMG: 2 senior social science academics from each partner, student reps and senior administrators
  • “Pathway leads and co-ordinators” i.e. subject representatives at each partner
  • Administrative, Finance and e-learning contacts at each partner
opportunities
Opportunities
  • Access to Wider Expertise: Academic and Managerial
  • Community: Wider and more diverse
  • Cohort: Larger and more diverse; greater support
  • Networkingand External Engagement: Both Student and Staff
  • Training: Wider range and greater rationalisation
  • Greater opportunity to Add Value
  • Time: Stability
challenges part 1
Challenges: Part 1
  • Community: Building a community
  • Cohort: Creating a sense of belonging in students
  • Culture of the organisation, direction from above
  • Communication: Practical and emotional
    • Resistance of individuals to new processes and to involvement or “interference”
  • Cost
challenges part 2
Challenges: Part 2
  • Coordination
  • Complexity
    • Studentship process
    • Allocation of studentships across institutions
    • Bidding for extra funding
    • Alignment of policies and procedures
    • Financial
    • Logistics of Training : distances; numbers
  • Time: speed of reaction
minimising the challenges
Minimising the Challenges
  • Attitude
  • Engagement
  • Support
  • Creativity
  • Choosing the right partners
  • Developing a good working relationship
  • Building the right foundations
contact details
Contact details

Sue Starbuck

s.starbuck@surrey.ac.uk

Charlotte Ayling: DTC Manager

c.ayling@surrey.ac.uk

Professor Nigel Fielding: DTC Director

n.fielding@surrey.ac.uk

http://www.southeastdtc.ac.uk/