£350 million for PhD training in over 70 new centres

Details of how a £350 million fund will be used to train over 3,500 postgraduate students in engineering and physical sciences, has been announced by Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts. This is the UK's largest investment in postgraduate training in engineering and physical sciences. It will fund over 70new Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs), spread across 24 UK universities. The funding, targeted at areas vital to economic growth, has been allocated by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

DTs train students in technical and transferrable skills and combine a research element. The centres bring together diverse areas of expertise to train engineers and scientists with the skills, knowledge and confidence to tackle today’s evolving issues and future challenges.

Universities and Science Minister David Willetts said: ‘Scientists and engineers are vital to our economy and society. It is their talent and imagination, as well as their knowledge and skills, that inspire innovation and drive growth across a range of sectors, from manufacturing to financial services. I am particularly pleased to see strong partnerships between universities, industry and business among the new centres announced today. This type of collaboration is a key element of our industrial strategy and will continue to keep us at the forefront of the global science race.’