£17m for PhD collaborations

Universities are to benefit from 17 million collaborative funding for postgraduate students in engineering, the physical science

Announcing the awards in Tomorrow’s Engineers Week, Universities, Science and Cities Minister, Greg Clark said: “Our universities are renowned for producing world-beating research and fostering world-leading scientists. The announcements made today are further strides in bringing businesses and academia closer. This is crucial to ensure our scientists and engineers have the support and opportunities they need to unlock their research’s potential.”

Nearly forty companies will be involved with over 200 students.

Professor Philip Nelson, CEO of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) which supplies the funds, said: “ICASE awards are extremely popular with business and universities. They provide PhD students with first-rate, challenging research training which brings mutual benefit to both academic and partner organisations.

“The student’s experience is enhanced by giving them access to training, facilities and expertise not available in an academic setting alone. They also have an opportunity to develop a range of valuable skills and significantly enhance their future employability. Many will become tomorrow’s research leaders.”

Industrial Cooperative Awards in Science & Technology (ICASE) provides funding for PhD studentships directly to businesses which take the lead in arranging projects with an academic partner of their choice. The awards have been endorsed by representatives for some of the UK’s leading companies.

Owen Nicholson, External Research Programme Manager at Dyson Ltd, said: “Our interests are broad and our focus is on the long-term – developing exciting technologies that deliver real benefits to Dyson owners around the world. Dyson has more than 50 live research projects with universities across the UK.  With the EPSRC’s support and the ICASE studentships, we are able to support PhD’s in technical areas which we may otherwise not have been able to pursue independently.”

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