Funding for Centres for Doctoral Training

We have received funding to continue the two highly successful existing Centres for Doctoral Training we run here at Bath, and to set up a further three new Centres with a variety of academic and industry partners.

In an announcement made today by Universities and Science Minister David Willetts, £350 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be used across the country to train over 3,500 postgraduate students, funding over seventy new Centres for Doctoral Training at 24 UK universities.

In an extremely competitive process our existing Centres, one in Sustainable Chemical Technologies and the other in Digital Entertainment (in partnership with the University of Bournemouth), have been awarded funding for a further 8 years to continue their outstanding and innovative training programmes.

One project carried out by an EngD student from the Centre for Digital Entertainment worked to bring National Trust properties alive on-screen.

One project carried out by an EngD student from the Centre for Digital Entertainment worked to bring National Trust properties alive on-screen.

In addition, three new Centres have been supported in which we are a partner. These are in water research, in a partnership led by the University of Exeter; catalysis research, in a partnership led by Cardiff University; and photovoltaics, which we are co-leading with the University of Liverpool.

PhD students in the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies carry out research in world class facilities.

PhD students in the Centre for Sustainable Chemical Technologies carry out research in world class facilities.

Science Minister David Willetts said: “Scientists and engineers are vital to our economy and society. It is their talent and imagination, as well as their knowledge and skills, that inspire innovation and drive growth across a range of sectors, from manufacturing to financial services.

“I am particularly pleased to see strong partnerships between universities, industry and business among the new centres announced today. This type of collaboration is a key element of our industrial strategy and will continue to keep us at the forefront of the global science race.”

Paul Golby, Chair of EPSRC, said: “Centres for Doctoral Training have already proved to be a great success and the model is popular with students, business and industry. These new centres will give the country the highly trained scientists and engineers it needs and they will be equipped with skills to move on in their careers. The standard of applications for Centres was very high and more could have been funded if we had the capacity.”

The new Centres for Doctoral Training represent a significant, long-term investment in our postgraduate offering, and will further contribute to our strong portfolio of research in these areas.

Professor Jane Millar, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, said: “All five Centres for Doctoral Training in which Bath is involved complement our research portfolio and will ensure the well-rounded development of the next generation of scientists and engineers.

“We have already seen success through our two pre-existing Centres, in Sustainable Chemical Technologies and Digital Entertainment, and are pleased that the funding for these has been renewed, allowing them to continue to produce great work.

“I look forward to the development of the three additional Centres at Bath and the fact that we will be working with our GW4 partners Cardiff University, the University of Exeter and the University of Bristol, in several of these is a testament to research strength in the South West. I am sure the new partnerships these Centres will create with academia and industry will be highly beneficial to our students and researchers."

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