SEPnet SME-DTN Survey for Companies and University Partners

Undertaking a collaborative PhD project with a university can be a highly  effective way of conducting research and development. However, the associated costs for knowledge-based SMEs can sometimes be prohibitive. By building an SME Doctoral Training Network (SME-DTN) we are creating a critical mass of research to support both regional industries and national science priorities.  

Through this scheme we will recruit PhD students from diverse backgrounds to carry out industry-relevant research across science and engineering disciplines.  Companies will share the costs of each PhD studentship with a SEPnet university partner and work with academics to shape projects in line with each company’s business strategy.  The first PhD students will start in October 2021.  

If you are interested in participating in this project and would like to hear more, please complete the questions below and we will contact you to discuss the scheme and your ideas and interests further.   

SEPnet is a network of 9 regional university partners including Hertfordshire, Kent, OU, Portsmouth, Queen Mary, Royal Holloway, Southampton, Surrey and Sussex.   

1. Contact details *


2. Which of the following categories best describes your organisation? *


3. Do you / your organisation have previous experience of working with PhD student projects? If yes, please provide details.


4. Do you have any members of staff that may wish to work towards a PhD through this programme as part of their training and development? If yes, please provide details.


5. What areas of research & development would you be interested in undertaking through this scheme? *


6. Do you have any existing links with SEPnet universities/companies that would be relevant to this project?  If so, please provide details


7. Do you work with any other companies (e.g. suppliers, customers) that might be interested in joining a collaborative project? If so, please provide details.


8. When would you prefer the project to begin? Please indicate below (please note that the first PhD students will be recruited to start in October 2021) *