Research in Practice

From 2024-25, every student is expected to include a Research in Practice (RiP) component in their PhD training. Often thought of as an internship, but actually more flexible than that, the RiP provides practical opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge and methodological skills in different local, national and international contexts and sectors.

Experts from business, industry and civil society are encouraged to deliver learning experiences and learning resources as part of Research in Practice training.

Advance thinking about the RiP begins with the initial Development Needs Analysis (DNA).

There are a range of options to allow the training experience to fit with various domestic situations, interests and career aspirations.

The SCDTP will support the matching of students to internship opportunities advertised by UKRI and our wealth of non-academic partners, as well as build on the students’ own skills and networks to set up their own placements and learning experiences.

In turn, students work on reflective learning pre-, during and post-RiP so that skills learned through practice.

In an authentic, supportive, mentored work environment can be enhanced and the benefits multiplied. Options include reflective journaling, blogging, critical incidents analysis, and research conversations with guided prompts.

Three months of the funding stipend is dedicated to this component and there are funds to support with travel and expenses.