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Durham Global Challenges

Centre for Doctoral Training

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Welcome to the web pages for the Durham University Global Challenges Centre for Doctoral Training. This new, exciting and innovative centre is funded by Durham University for three years 2019-2021. The Centre currently consists of a single cohort of 25 international PhD students, all citizens of a developing nation. Each student is undertaking a three year fully funded PhD programme designed to identify steps towards a solution to a specific global challenge aligned with one or more of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The students are all supervised by a multidisciplinary team of academic staff reflecting the complex and wide ranging nature of these global challenges. The students will each undertake a funded placement at a partner university in a developing nation to give them greater insight into the context of the challenge they are researching. The students will benefit from Durham’s research training programme, support from the Durham Centre for Academic Development and a bespoke programme of events designed for this cohort. This exciting initiative is one of a small number of Global Challenges training centres in the UK. The university believes that this Centre will act as a model for others to adopt in future. As you explore the web pages further you will get a sense of the breadth, scope and ambition of this Centre. We are training leaders of the future who will learn from their research, learn from their experiences and learn from each other how to make a real, substantive and lasting different to the world in which we all live.

Professor Douglas Halliday

Director of the Durham University Global Challenges Centre for Doctoral Training

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Read our Durham Global Challenges Centre for Doctoral Training Brochure:
Brochure DU GCRF-CDT 

In 2015, world leaders agreed to 17 goals for a better world by 2030. These sustainable development goals have the power to end poverty, fight inequality and stop climate change. All of the Durham Global Challenges – CDT projects are linked to one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, to work together to build a better future for everyone.

The Durham GCRF-CDT students focused on productive writing at Dove Marine (Newcastle University) on the coast of Cullercoats. They used their time to prepare for their Formal Progression Review. This requires the students to submit for assessment a substantive piece of work as defined by their departments. The structured programme included a break with an outdoor activity.

A member of the Durham Centre for Academic Development facilitated the event for the CDT.

The Durham Global Challenges CDT Trip 2019

On 1st July 2019 the Durham Global Challenges-CDT organised a trip to the Angel of the North, Bamburgh, Seahouses and the Farne Islands. The trip offered a unique cultural learning experience of English heritage in North East England and provided an opportunity to network and socialise with the cohort.

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