The Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts, has announced £100m of new Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) investment in 15 Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs), which specialise in training environmental science PhD students. PML is a full partner in three of the DTPs, and an industrial partner on a fourth.
The DTPs will offer postgraduate studentships and training across the full range of NERC's disciplines, and in multidisciplinary environments, helping to enrich the student experience. Each DTP will create a strong and active community of students that are able - and encouraged - to integrate, work, and learn together. These students will receive in-depth, advanced research training, as well as training in the professional and transferable skills essential in today's economy.
The DTPs will support 1200 PhD students. This means at least 240 new students will begin training every year for five years, with the opportunity for partners to co-fund, boosting the number of studentships available.
PML is a full partner in three of the DTPs - SPITFIRE, EnvEAST and GW4+, as well as an industrial partner on a fourth led by Durham University (IMPATUS).
SPITFIRE, led by the University of Southampton, is a multidisciplinary Doctoral Training Partnership to undertake graduate research and development across a broad range of scientific and societal challenges under the Natural Environment Research Council’s remit. This DTP aims to produce future scientific leaders by providing them with the skills necessary to exploit and develop the new technologies and approaches available for environmental research as well as the ability to meet the increasing societal expectations of scientists in the 21st Century.
GW4+ is a DTP that combines the “Great Western Four” research-intensive universities (Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter & Bath) with leading research organizations and non-academic employers to offer multidisciplinary training for future leaders in environmental science. In addition to research career development, students will also gain knowledge of policy and legislation, media, industry, environmental research and public engagement to ensure students are highly employable across the environmental sciences sector and beyond.
The EnvEast DTP, led by the University of East Anglia, will provide advanced training in three internationally and socially significant research areas; Climate, Marine and Atmospheric Systems; Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services and Sustainable Development, and Natural Hazards. Students will develop the capability of making outstanding contributions to their discipline, whilst also applying their knowledge to the challenges facing the UK economy and the quality of life for its citizens.
These DTPs will work closely with each other as well as other partnerships to ensure a truly multidisciplinary training experience for the next generation of UK scientists.