Willetts announces £350 million for PhD training in over 70 new centres

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David Willetts – Minister for Universities and Science [DW]

Well what we have announced today is £350 million of funding from the EPSRC going into a network of around 70 Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) across Great Britain.

Paul Golby – EPSRC Chair

The Centres are where a number of universities come together backed by industry and bring a cohort of students from different backgrounds together and we train them and they do research. This is really an excellent way of them gaining PhDs and adding to the economic growth of this country.

Tim Whitley – Managing Director, BT Research

The relationship between BT’s R&D activities and EPSRC goes back to the start, to 1965, nearly 50 years. The CDTs are going to create the UK’s Centres of Excellence and really help to establish the research landscape, in a very real sense, over the next few years. They importantly create the skills and expertise that companies like BT need.

Sir James Dyson – Founder of the Dyson company

Dyson works with dozens of British universities and is a strategic partner with the EPSRC. This type of investment by the Government and by companies like Dyson will result in increased exports globally over the next 20 years and the creation of the wealth that we need.

Professor Alison Rodger – University of Warwick

The really big thing for us moving forward is that we’ve got 17 industrial partners who will all play a role designing our projects, delivering our technical training, delivering our transferable skills training. We’ve already seen our industrial partners beginning to work together in a new way as they work around the students and create projects for the students.

James Lightfoot – Engineer, Frazer-Nash

The Centre allowed me to retrain from my initial degree. It also allowed me to enter a PhD with a cohort, so a group of ten other people in a very similar position to myself, which meant that we could support each other through peer support and peer review, during the actual taught process as well as through the research continued through the four year PhD process.

[DW]

Above all it’s the young people who are going to be Britain’s future and seeing them getting to the levels of training involved in achieving a doctorate, that gives one great hope. These are very smart people that are entitled to be trained to the limits of their abilities and that’s what’s being offered now.