Training Needs Analysis

As an Open-Oxford-Cambridge DTP student you are expected to complete an individual Training Needs Analysis (TNA), normally within the first term of your studies. This TNA is designed to help you make the most of your time as a doctoral student, and to inform the DTP's programme of training.

You will need to register with Inkpath , a skills and career development app that will enable you to track your personal and professional development during and beyond your doctorate.

  • Download the Inkpath app, or visit https://webapp.inkpath.co.uk to see a browser version on a laptop/PC
  • Click the “Sign up” tab (the “Use Single-Sign-On” option is not available to Open, Oxford or Cambridge)
  • Choose your home university – Open University, University of Oxford or University of Cambridge
  • Enter your university email address – the full email address which can receive mail, not any shortened user ID you may have within your university
  • Accept the “Terms of Use”, “Privacy Policy” and optionally subscribe to further emails
  • Press the “Sign up” green button
  • You will receive an email from Inkpath with a password to login (we recommend you change this password later)

Link your profile to the OOC DTP

As well as creating a profile in Inkpath, you need to register your course details, and importantly your source of funding as the Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP:

  • Open the app or web version
  • Enter your university email address and your password from Inkpath and click the purple “Login” button (do not use the “Use Single-Sign-On option)
  • You will be invited to complete your profile when you first sign in. If not, or if you wish to return to your profile later
    • Click the “…” in the bottom right of the app, or the “… More” in the top right of the desktop version
    • Click “Settings”
  • Enter you name, faculty/department, programme (PhD/DPhil), and your start year (2019)
  • Press the green “Save” button
  • Press the purple “My Funding Sources” button
  • Press the purple “Register a funding source” button
  • Choose “Open-Oxford-Cambridge AHRC DTP” in the “Organisation”, your programme and your start year.
  • Press the green “Save” button

Once you have created your profile in Inkpath you will be taken through a series of short questions to help you assess your existing skillset and identify areas for improvement.

We use the Cambridge Researcher Development Framework (CamRDF) for this. The CamRDF maps out what is involved in conducting up-to-date, professional research, in what is an ever more interdisciplinary and international context. It breaks this down into fifteen competencies, all of which are highly valued and sought after by employers both within and beyond academia.

How to complete your TNA in Inkpath

For instructions on how to check your configuration and complete your TNA, please watch the 5 minute Inkpath video.

Once you have completed your TNA questions in Inkpath, meet with your supervisor to discuss the TNA and any specific training that you require for the successful completion of your doctoral research, especially if you think you might be eligible to apply for an extension to your OOC DTP studentship funding as a result.

Please see the pages on additional funding for further guidance on how to apply to the DTP for research-related expenses and support for indivdual training needs.

If, following the discussion with your supervisor, you feel that you need further assistance, please contact the OOC DTP Training and Placements Officer for further advice about the ways in which study visits, conference trips, placements, workshops, language tuition, and other forms of training might contribute to your doctorate or broader professional development.

The OOC DTP Manager will be able to advise further on extensions to studentship funding.

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