8 December, 2008
The University of Manchester has been awarded £20 million from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research (EPSRC) to train a new wave of scientists and engineers.
Minister of State for Science and Innovation, Lord Drayson, has announced the £250 million initiative, which will establish 44 centres for doctoral training across the UK and generate over 2,000 PhD students over five years.
These centres will tackle some of the biggest problems currently facing Britain such as climate change, energy, our ageing population, and high-tech crime.
The new initiative will provide a radical alternative to the traditional ‘lone scholar’ PhD route. The University of Manchester will lead three of the 44 training centres – there were 91 proposals from leading universities – including one for Nanoscience with support from Lancaster University.
An industrial training centre for Nuclear Engineering is being led by Manchester in conjunction with Imperial College and other universities.
Professor Nigel Vincent, Associate Vice President for Graduate Education at The University of Manchester, said: “The linking of world-class research and world-class doctoral education is key to The University of Manchester’s vision. Our success in the doctoral training centres competition both recognises and advances that ambition.
“This success will allow us to build stronger and better links at graduate level both with other leading national and international institutions and with industry.”
EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training are described as ‘a bold new approach’ to training PhD students, creating communities of researchers working on current and future challenges.
For more information on the training centres at The University of Manchester, please call Alex Waddington on 0161 275 8387 or 07717 881569.
Source: Manchester University