£5m PhD funding for Warwick

The University of Warwick is to receive funding to support 66 PhDs from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) for doctoral training partnerships (DTPs).

The training will be spread across the Departments of Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, the School of Engineering and WMG.

Professor Pam Thomas, Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) said: “The Warwick DTP programme will deliver engineers and scientist’s in-depth, advanced research training as well as a broad understanding of their subject area. This will equip them to address important 21st century questions linked to EPSRC research areas with alignment to Warwick’s strategic priorities.” 

The allocation is part of a major investment in science research announced today by the Minister of State for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson. He said: “We are committed to securing the UK’s position as a world leader in science and innovation, and supporting the vital work of scientists in these areas is key to this. This £4,824,774 of funding for the University of Warwick will enable them to take on more Doctoral students to support their most promising research, leading to new discoveries and commercial partnerships. It will also give more students the chance to study at PhD level, boosting high level skills in engineering and physical sciences and supporting jobs and growth.”

Researchers will receive access to world leading technologies and state-of-the-art facilities and excellent standards of supervision, management and mentoring

The DTP funds will help support PhD research training in Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) over a five year period for the academic years beginning October 2016 and 2017.

There will be 20 mathematical sciences studentships, 24 in manufacturing and engineering and 15 physical sciences. In addition seven studentships will be awarded to strategic research programmes, such as the Energy Research Accelerator and the Alan Turing Institute

Professor Pam Thomas, Pro Vice Chancellor (Research) said: “The Warwick EPSRC DTP offers an exceptional programme of research training with opportunities for interdisciplinary research and industrial collaborations. Researchers will receive access to world leading technologies and state-of-the-art facilities and excellent standards of supervision, management and mentoring. They will also receive ongoing career advice to enable them to explore the impact they can have in a wide range of sectors and so develop and manage their careers.”

Research in EPS is one of Warwick’s key strengths; four of Warwick’s EPS departments were ranked in the top 10 of the 2014 REF rankings (Chemistry, Computer Science, Mathematics and Statistics) and all seven were ranked in the top 10 of the 2016 Complete University Guide (Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics, WMG). Warwick’s EPS postgraduate researchers work alongside the world’s top academics and we provide state-of-art research facilities and infrastructure.

The PhD students will be offered a broad range of training opportunities on topics which aid training and are critical to a life beyond PhD research. All EPS PhD students are enrolled on the accredited PG Certificate in Transferable Skills in Science which provides graduates with a skill set appropriate for any future career, develops critical analysis and encourages reflective thinking. 

Information on Warwick doctoral research opportunities can be found on the Graduate School website Questions about the Warwick EPSRC DTP programme should be sent to graduateschool@warwick.ac.uk