By Natalie Wilkie
The University of Nottingham has secured £162m in funds, which will allow 1,295 PhD students to have the studies fully funded.
The funding is a significant investment in postgraduate education, enabling 1,295 students to train, thanks to the creation of seven new Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) and the extension of five existing centres.
Only 5 of the 12 CDTs will be led by Nottingham, but all of them will train postgraduates to tackle pressing global challenges and keep the UK at the cutting edge of scientific research.
Over £72m of the new investment is from research councils, with a further £56m from other higher education institutes, and £34m from a range of industries. Over 175 industry partners are also involved across the centres, with support ranging from sponsorship of studentships, guest lecturing and training, placement and internships, to facilities and equipment.
Professor Saul Tendler, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University, said: “This huge success delivers an outstanding range of world-class postgraduate doctoral training opportunities that will further contribute to our strong portfolio of research.
“The University has developed significant expertise in leading and partnering such initiatives, and by working collaboratively with partner institutions we are able to provide world-class training facilities for the scientists of the future.”
The University has historically been very successful in securing research council funding, to support the training of the next generation of researchers, through its portfolio of DTCs. Nottingham already leads an Economic Social Resource Council Doctoral Training Centre, which was awarded in 2011, with an investment of over £10m.
In 2012, in collaboration with Rothamsted Research, the University was awarded £6m from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), to host Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) that will provide world-class training programmes in Biotechnology and Biological Sciences, that will support over 100 students.