Guide to the Role of the DTC Training Pathway Leaders

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This guide outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Training Pathway Leaders (TPL) for the 21 training pathways across the White Rose Doctoral Training Centre (WRDTC).

What is a Training Pathway Leader?

The role of a WRDTC Training Pathway Leader is expected to be taken on voluntarily by an academic colleague who has the relevant experience with postgraduate students in their University and may have/had links with the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

There are two types of pathway leaders.

  • Local Training Pathway Leader (LPL). There is one for each Pathway within the local institution. This means that, in most cases, there are three Local Pathway Leaders per pathway – one based at each of the White Rose Universities.
  • Institutional Training Pathway Leader (IPL). Of these, one LPL is nominated to be the overall Institutional Training Pathway Leader.

If the name of a Pathway Leader changes, the updated contact details should be submitted to and the webs site page updated.

Local Training Pathway Leaders (LPL) – driving change forward

Role and responsibilities

The Local Training Pathway Leaders are responsible for:

  • Proactively ensuring that the shared training promises made in the WRDTC bid for their Pathway are met;
  • Communicating and liaising with the staff/students locally within their own institution concerning important WRDTC news, upcoming events and training opportunities etc;
  • Disseminating information from the WRDTC Office to the relevant academic staff/students locally;
  • Communicating with fellow Pathway Leaders at the other two institutions to ensure there is a coherent development strategy for their pathway;
  • Communicating/liaising with their IPL any local issues that may need addressing;
  • Representing their Pathway at the WRDTC Pathway Meeting (2 x per annum), location will rotate around the three White Rose Universities;
  • Participating in regular calls/meetings organised by their WRDTC Pathway Leader;
  • Pursuing the development of cross institutional provision for their pathway from their local institution to meet their pathway development strategy;
  • Overseeing the updating of their pathway webpage/s on with events, training, student posters and general info. Contact for help. Encouraging the use of the WRDTC Twitter account by students @wrssdtc and using the hashtag #wrssdtc to tweet at events/conferences etc
  • Attending and contributing to Pathway activities at the annual WRDTC Induction Event (October) and the DTC Spring Conference (May)
  • Contributing to building up a research culture in the Pathway by co-ordinating responses to annual DTC Studentship calls
  • Aiming to ‘add value’ to the PhD student experience by…
    1.  Opening up events/training opportunities related to your pathway to the WR Universities and beyond
    2. Working collaboratively across your WR DTC Pathway to organise events
  • Offering case studies and articles for the DTC Matters newsletter by sending information via the web site to
  • Identifying 3 student Pathway representatives who would like to act as a nominated contact for students in your Pathway and advertising their contact details on your Pathway pages at
  • Identifying partnership/collaborative/internship opportunities for students within the Pathway
  • Setting up and updating your email student contact list
  • Setting dates for your Pathway meetings this coming year
  • Identifying any advanced training needs and feeding requests to
  • Seize the opportunity to use the WRDTC as an engine of change across the region to further impact and lever engagement.

 Institutional Training Pathway Leader (IPL) – driving change forward

Role and responsibilities

In addition to the responsibilities above, the Institutional Training Pathway Leader is also responsible for:

  • Proactively ensuring that the promises made in the WRDTC bid are fulfilled according to schedule;
  • Communicating and liaising with their Local Training Pathway Leaders concerning important WRDTC news and procedures;
  • Communicating with fellow LPLs with regard to WRDTC initiatives and new funding opportunities;
  • Reporting back any issues within their pathways to the WRDTC Academic Quality Committee via the DTC Office;
  • Ensuring that there is representation of their pathway at the WRDTC Pathway Leaders Meetings (2 x per annum);
  • Ensuring that there are regular calls/meetings of all LPLs to discuss the progress of the pathway and disseminate relevant information to their own pathway;
  • Leading on the development of cross institutional training provision for their pathway;
  • Coordinating the organisation of events, conferences and students meetings as appropriate;
  • Ensuring that good practice is shared across institutions within the DTC;
  • Playing a key role in driving change forward.

For LPL and IPL contact details see