Willetts to announce 19 new Centres for Doctoral Training

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Postgraduate training in a wide range of engineering and scientific fields important to the UK’s economy will receive a boost today. Nineteen new Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) will be announced by Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts.

Mr Willetts will make the announcement at 10.00am during a visit to Imperial College London, which will host three of the additional Centres.

The new CDTs come on top of the 72 Centres unveiled by the EPSRC in November 2013. EPSRC has been able to fund these new centres by renegotiating contracts with universities and by gaining further financial support from partners in industry and academia.

The minister will meet Directors of some of the CDTs and will also announce a £13 million investment for a suite of national wind tunnel facilities based across the UK.

Mr Willetts said: The Government will be investing in a further 900 students through an additional 19 Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs), bringing our total investment in CDTs to £390 million.

In addition, universities, industry and other charitable partners will be adding a further £124 million to support the training of tomorrow’s scientists and engineers. The combined public and private investment amounts to £764 million.

Professor David Delpy, Chief Executive of the EPSRC, said: The support of the academic and industrial communities has been tremendous and we would not have been able to fund these new centres without their cooperation. These new CDTs will provide training and advances in research in many areas of science and engineering including quantum technologies, manufacturing, robotics, energy and sustainability and brings the total number of Centres funded in this round to ninety one.

Project Organisation Principal investigator
Cranfield University Professor Paul Jeffrey EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Trainining in Engineering for the Water Sector (STREAM IDC)
Imperial College London Dr Paul Nicholas Stavrinou EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Plastic Electronic Materials
Imperial College London Professor Christopher Cheeseman EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Sustainable Civil Engineering
Imperial College London Professor William Edward (Bill) Lee EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Nuclear Energy: Building UK Civil Nuclear Skills for Global Markets
Loughborough University Professor Paul Conway EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Embedded Intelligence
Swansea University Dr James Sullivan EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Industrial Functional Coatings: COATED2
University College London Professor Philip Treleaven EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Financial Computing and Analytics (covering Computational finance, Financial ICT, Regulation, Retail
University College London Dr Paul Dalby EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Emergent Marcromolecular Therapies (EMT): A National CDT linked to an EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing
University College London Professor Andrew Fisher EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Delivering Quantum Technologies
University of Leeds Professor John Fisher EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine; Innovative in Medical and Biological Engineering
University of Nottingham Professor Colin Snape EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Carbon Capture and Storage and Cleaner Fossil Energy
University of Oxford Dr Antonis Papachristodoulou EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Synthetic Biology - jointly support with Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
University of Oxford Professor Stephen Roberts EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Autonomous Intelligent Machines and Systems (AIMS)
University of Sheffield Professor Panayiotis Tsakiropoulos EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Advanced Metallic Systems - Challenges in Future Metals Manufacturing
University of Sheffield Professor Peter Hall EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Energy Storage and its applications
University of Southampton Professor Dame Wendy Hall EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Web Science Innovation
University of St Andrews Dr Christopher Hooley EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Condensed Matter Physics: Renewal of the CM-DTC
University of Surrey Professor Julie Yeomans EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Micro-and NanoMaterials and Technologies
University of York Professor Howard Wilson EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in the Science and Technology of Fusion Energy

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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

The EPSRC is the UK’s main agency for funding research in engineering and the physical sciences. EPSRC invests around £800 million a year in research and postgraduate training, to help the nation handle the next generation of technological change. The areas covered range from information technology to structural engineering, and mathematics to materials science. This research forms the basis for future economic development in the UK and improvements for everyone’s health, lifestyle and culture. EPSRC works alongside other Research Councils with responsibility for other areas of research. The Research Councils work collectively on issues of common concern via Research Councils UK.

Reference: PN 03-14