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Doctoral training centres announced

  • By Neil Martin
  • News

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced 75 centres for Doctoral Training to develop the skills needed for UK prosperity.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), part of UKRI, has revealed which university proposals for Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) have been successful in the latest funding round.

The aim is for the centres to ensure that the next generation of doctoral level students are equipped to tackle research and innovation challenges across the engineering and physical sciences landscape, including subjects such as Quantum Engineering, Medical Imaging and Offshore Renewables.

Over seventy CDTs, that will equip the UK with the next generation of doctoral level researchers needed across the breadth of the engineering and physical sciences landscape, will be announced at a launch event held at the London Stock Exchange.

The Centres will be funded through EPSRC, which has allocated £444m and a further £2.2mn from The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

Science Foundation Ireland will unilaterally be supporting a Republic of Ireland cohort on seven EPSRC-badged Centres with approximately 39 million euros. These Centres will work collaboratively with some UK Centres, with SFI-funded students working closely with certain EPSRC CDTs as part of an agreed training programme.

The Centres’ 1,400 project partners have contributed £386m in cash and in-kind support, and include companies such as Tata Steel and Procter and Gamble and charities such as Cancer Research UK.

Science and Innovation Minister Chris Skidmore said: “As we explore new research to boost our economy with an increase of over £7 billion invested in R&D over five years to 2021/22 – the highest increase for over 40 years – we will need skilled people to turn ideas into inventions that can have a positive impact on our daily lives.

“The Centres for Doctoral Training at universities across the country will offer the next generation of PHD students the ability to get ahead of the curve. In addition, this has resulted in nearly £400 million being leveraged from industry partners. This is our modern Industrial Strategy in action, ensuring all corners of the UK thrive with the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow.

“As Science Minister, I’m delighted we’re making this massive investment in postgraduate students as part of our increased investment in R&D.”

UKRI’s Chief Executive, Professor Sir Mark Walport added: “Highly talented people are required to tackle key global challenges such as sustainable energy and cyber security, and provide leadership across industries and our public services.

“Centres for Doctoral Training provide them with the support, tools and training they need to succeed, and the involvement of 1,400 project partners underlines how much industry and the charity sector value this approach.”

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