Loughborough awarded £1.1m for doctoral training

Loughborough has been awarded more than £1.1 million as part of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) programme.

Previously known as Doctoral Training Grants, DTPs are allocated each year on the basis of EPSRC research grant income. This year’s grant is the largest-ever award for Loughborough, and comes following increased activity in this area.

The programme allows universities to be flexible with the funding and support doctoral students in the universities’ own priority areas.

Loughborough plans to use its funding to support:

  • Doctoral Studentships
  • Industrial CASE Studentships, which will provide postgrad students with the opportunity to collaborate or train with industry to broaden their experience.
  • Vacation bursaries, allowing students to gain practical research experience at Loughborough.
  • A Doctoral Prize for EPSRC-supported students so that they can maximise the impact of their PhD, helping to improve retention of the very best students in research careers.

Loughborough’s funding is part of a total £83.5 million investment in DTPs by the EPSRC.

Announcing the funding, David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, said: “This significant investment shows that the UK is committed to top quality postgraduate research and training. Our future as a leading science and engineering nation is dependent on fostering the talent we have in our universities, this investment will reap rewards in the academic and economic arenas and provide us with a wealth of skilled people able to tackle global challenges, from infrastructure planning to public health.”

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