The main value the centre adds to PhDs in its
field is that it brings together both students and staff that have overlapping
research interests and are familiar in depth with the technical fields in which
students are working.
CEPMMA is dedicated to theoretical research and every 2-3 weeks one of
the PhD students presents to the rest of the PhD students and a
substantial proportion of staff of the centre, outlining his progress
so far with his research and inviting feedback. This is valuable form the student point of view. The seminars can be held at the highly
detailed level at which the students work knowing that the audience is familiar
with the area and can offer intelligent comment on resolving the student’s
current research concerns.
Another way the centre supports the PhD program
is by providing financial assistance to students. Several
of the students could only be recruited through funds generated by
members of the centre (e.g. the HEFCE and ESRC case award).
Finally another area of support the centre
provides is through the modules on DEA and Stochastic Frontier Analysis that it
runs in its Performance Management Training Package mentioned above. As these
modules are block delivered and provide specialist training some PhD and DBA
students take the modules in preparation for their PhD research. Indeed the modules can feature as part of the Research Methods
Training Course taken by PhD and DBA students.