Liss DTP Vision

LISS DTP vision

LISS DTP aims to deliver the high quality interdisciplinary training that today’s and tomorrow’s global challenges demand and mobilises interdisciplinary connections to  and from the social sciences across its member institutions. LISS DTP helps to build national and international research capacity and networks to meet the interdisciplinary priorities identified in the ESRC’s Strategic Plan 2015 for economic performance & sustainable growth, influencing behaviour and informing interventions and a vibrant and fair society.  It endeavours to fulfil these aims in ways that are fair and  supportive  to all  students and stakeholders.


  • supports world-class training to address key research priorities and global societal challenges across a breadth of interconnected social science disciplines, enabling postgraduate research at the interface with health, the natural sciences, engineering, and the arts & humanities.  Please see our Thematic Pathways pages for more detailed information on our priority areas.
  • provides research training that integrates the student’s individual transferable skills requirements with a rigorous and flexible programme of foundation and advanced social science training
  • allows our PhD students to innovate, asking new questions and developing new frameworks for understanding, in preparation for future employment that will enrich the wider science base nationally and internationally
  • trains social science research students to work collaboratively with peers and users alike, and to have a global outlook in career development, employability, entrepreneurship, public engagement, and impact

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

LISS DTP has a strong commitment to promoting and supporting equality, diversity and inclusion and is developing its policy and practice in this area.  It is committed to the provision of equality of opportunity for all applicants, students and staff and  to a community in which all people can learn, work and interact freely without fear of discrimination, prejudice or harassment. All applicants, students, staff, supervisors and stakeholders will be treated equitably and will not be accorded less favourable treatment on the grounds of: gender, marital / civil partnership status, sexual orientation, gender re-assignment, race, colour, nationality, ethnicity or national origins, religion or similar philosophical belief, spent criminal conviction, age or disability.

LISS DTP has a working group developing its Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Action Plan.  This will be established in the context of the UKRI policy on equality, diversity and inclusion and HEI and non-HEI partners’ policies and informed by the Leading Routes report (2019) The Broken Pipeline: barriers to Black PhD students accessing research council funding


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