2011 mid-term review
A mid-term review was held in 2011 which required the Centres to demonstrate progress and impact in their areas. Also included in the review were a number of longer-standing Centres, enabling a broader overview of the portfolio. In total 59 Centres were reviewed and all the Centres reviewed received feedback on their progress.
The review panel recognised that the Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) approach was an effective way of training a cohort of students and allowed students more time to gain some specific skills. It noted that many of the Centres had succeeded in leveraging substantial industrial funding using a variety of approaches. It also noted that many Universities and other funders were adopting a cohort or centre-based approach to supporting PhD students. Finally, the panel noted that the Centres can act as a catalyst for bringing people together, and can act as a nucleation site for a range of activities.