Southampton to share £167m fund to train future science leaders
The University of Southampton is among 40 UK universities who will share in £167 million to deliver postgraduate training in Engineering, Information and Communications Technology (ICT), Physical Sciences and Mathematical Sciences.
The University has been awarded a £8.7m Doctoral Training Partnership award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) that will support doctoral training over a two year period for 2016 and 2017.
This funding will support 150 students (with 75 students starting in October 2016 and another 75 starting in October 2017) for the length of their PhDs (3-4 years) in their research activities. It will also help them to connect and collaborate with researchers from other disciplines and industry to exploit the potential impact of their research.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to be able to support some of the University’s most auspicious research, encouraging new exploration and commercial partnerships,” said James Vickers, Director of the University’s Doctoral College.
The funding announcement was made this week by Universities and Science Minister Jo Johnson. He said: “We are committed to securing the UK’s position as a world leader in science and innovation, and supporting the vital work of scientists in Southampton is key to this. This £8.7m of funding for the University of Southampton will enable it to take on more Doctoral students to support their most promising research, leading to new discoveries and commercial partnerships. It will also give more students the chance to study at PhD level, boosting high level skills in engineering and science and supporting jobs and growth.”