The University of Nottingham has won new funding for five centres that will train the brightest postgraduate researchers to tackle pressing global challenges, and keep the UK at the cutting edge of scientific research.
The Centres of Doctoral Training (CDTs) are funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), with partners in industry adding to the overall investment. Two of the CDTs have received funding from Science Foundation Ireland.
The University is also involved in a further three new centres led by other institutions, enabling Nottingham’s expertise to be shared with more than 450 students who will have access to an outstanding research environment and unrivalled opportunities.
Professor Dame Jessica Corner, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange at the University said: “This is an outstanding result for Nottingham and once again testament to the quality of our research.
Science Minister Chris Skidmore said: “As we explore new research to boost our economy with an increase of over £7 billion invested in R&D over five years to 2021/22 – the highest increase for over 40 years – we will need skilled people to turn ideas into inventions that can have a positive impact on our daily lives.
“The Centres for Doctoral Training at universities across the country will offer the next generation of PhD students the ability to get ahead of the curve. In addition, this has resulted in nearly £400 million being leveraged from industry partners. This is our modern Industrial Strategy in action, ensuring all corners of the UK thrive with the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow.
“As Science Minister, I’m delighted we’re making this massive investment in postgraduate students as part of our increased investment in R&D.”