Award supports environmental scientists

Researchers at the University are to lead a collaboration to train the next generation of environmental scientists.

Edinburgh researchers, in conjunction with a large team of partners, have won a share of UK Government funding for PhD programmes.

The programme, funded by the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council, is one of 15 across the UK, which were announced by the Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts.

Flexible programmes

The Edinburgh Earth and Environment Doctoral Training Programme will seek to attract and enable the brightest PhD students to address environmental challenges.

To this end, the programme will provide flexible training in a multidisciplinary setting.

The initiative will be led by Professor Peter Nienow in the University's School of GeoSciences.

It brings together 28 partners from research, education, policy and industry sectors to deliver a programme of PhD training and research.

Supporting students

The programmes, worth £100 million in total across the UK, will support 1200 PhD students across fifteen partnerships.

This means at least 240 new students will begin training every year for the next five years, with the opportunity for partners to co-fund, boosting the number of studentships available.

The fifteen partnerships include collaborations between 38 UK higher education institutions and 280 partner organisations.

The Government is dedicated to providing the next generation of environmental researchers with the necessary skills and training to succeed in academia and industry.

David WillettsUniversities and Science minister