Research stars of the future receive £2.9m grant

12 Feb 2009 14:57:00.000

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The University of Nottingham has been awarded £2.9 million to train Britain’s leading scientists and engineers of the future.

The cash from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will be used to attract the brightest and the best talent from across the UK and Europe to undertake postgraduate research at Nottingham, which could potentially lead to advances in our engineering and science knowledge and greater collaboration with industry.

The University will use its own resources to match EPSRC’s contribution so that up to 90 three and four-year PhD studentships can be offered, mainly in the Faculties of Science and Engineering. These studentships, managed by the University’s Graduate School, provide tuition fees and a generous maintenance allowance for successful eligible applicants.

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Dr Richard Masterman, Director of Research Innovation Services at The University of Nottingham, said: “This grant allows us to offer an attractive package to the nation’s potential science and engineering research stars of the future and is crucial in promoting Nottingham as an attractive venue for their innovative work.”


The award comes as part of an £82 million programme of Doctoral Training Grants from the EPSRC to 45 universities and higher education institutions, which will generate more than 1,200 PhD students nationwide.


Professor David Delby, chief executive of the EPSRC, said: “People are at the heart of what we do. These grants mark a significant investment in talented future PhD students who will help drive forward the UK’s economy.”


The DTGs 2009–10 are part of the EPSRC’s broader commitment to excellence in Britain’s postgraduate research. In December last year, it announced a £250 million spend on new-style doctoral training centres, the largest single investment in UK postgraduate science and engineering training and research.


Nottingham was awarded funding for three new Doctoral Training Centres — each worth in excess of £5 million in funding. The Centre for Doctoral Training in Ubiquitous Computing for the Digital Economy will train students for PhDs while carrying out research into the ways in which ubiquitous computing will transform our digital economy and wider society over the coming decades. In the EngD centre for Efficient Power from Fossil Energy and Carbon Capture students will work towards engineering doctorates in areas crucial to the ongoing battle against climate change, given that coal and gas will be responsible for most of the electricity generated globally for the foreseeable future. The third DTC is on Hydrogen, Fuel Cells and their Applications and will produce new generations of PhD level graduates trained and expert in the new sustainable technologies of the future.


It is estimated that half of EPSRC-funded PhD students go on to get jobs outside of academic, in industry and the wider UK economy.


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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.


More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.


The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's ‘only truly global university’, it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation – School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.

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