The guidance is designed to help you deliver a website that effectively communicates the opportunities available to your target audience - setting out the content that DTCs are encouraged to include, as well as guidance on website branding, design, usability and accessibility.

DTC website content

To help you provide key information for your audience and ensure consistency across all DTC websites, you are encouraged to include the following:

About your DTC

  • Provide an overview of your DTC, the ESRC and the main aims and objectives of the Centre. Consider providing links to the ESRC website and the studentships section of our website.
  • Provide details of the governance of your DTC as this will offer students the opportunity to understand how your DTC operates and who to contact if they have any concerns or enquiries.

Pathways offered

  • Include a core section which details the pathways on offer and contacts for further information. You may also wish to include details on:
  • studentships
  • collaborative studentship opportunities
  • eligibility
  • structure of pathways (eg 1+3, +3, etc)

Advanced training opportunities

  • Provide clear information so that students know they are eligible to apply for training at other institutions.
  • Include a link to the NCRM website.

Funding available

  • Include a section about available funding options and eligibility criteria. 
  • This section could detail opportunities offered by the ESRC and by the institutions for studentships. It could also cover the Research Training Support Grant (RTSG) and how students can use their RTSG.
  • It could cover ideas for how students can 'make the most of your studentship' such as details of internships.

How to apply

  • Include a section about the application process including details of dates and criteria.
  • Student profiles. Include a list of current students along with their research fields and university contact details.
  • Include case studies that showcase what particular students have done. 
  • News and events. Include a section which details upcoming relevant events or any DTC announcements.

Frequently asked questions

  • Include a section which answers any questions students may have regarding the work of your DTC.

Feedback and contact mechanism

  • Include contact details so that students can contact your DTC with any questions or feedback. Consider including a ‘contact us’ page to provide easy access to contact details.

Twitter/social media

  • Include a link to any social media accounts that your DTC uses or include a link to the ESRC Twitter account.


  • Include a page with links to other relevant sites. Some DTCs offer sites for research exchange and include relevant documents.
  • Include a link to ESRC resources for PhD students 

DTC branding and identity

DTCs are strongly encouraged to have a dedicated web presence. If your DTC has a
website, it should comply with ESRC's branding guidelines.

  • Display the ESRC logo on your homepage and other main entry pages to your website.
  • Use the correct version of the ESRC logo (we can supply this).
  • Ensure that the logo acts as a clickable link to the ESRC website.
  • If you use your own logo on your web pages it should act as a clickable link to your homepage.

For further details see our logo and branding guidance or email

DTC website design and formatting

See our guidance on websites for more details.

Best practice examples

These DTC websites have been noted as examples of best practice: