Funding boost for doctoral training

The University has won a share of Government investment in UK science and engineering postgraduate training.

PhD students will be supported by funding announced by George Osborne, the Chancellor.

This investment, from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, will fund 22 Centres for Doctoral Training across UK universities, four of which will involve researchers at Edinburgh.

Analysis and applications

Edinburgh will host the Centre for Doctoral Training in Mathematical Analysis and its Applications.

This will be led by Professor Tony Carbery and run under the School of Mathematics’ joint research initiative with Heriot-Watt University, the Maxwell Institute.

The Maxwell Institute Graduate School in Analysis and its Applications will train 60 students in theory, stochastics, numerics and applications.

Students will be equipped with multiple skill sets to deal with the sophisticated challenges arising in academia, industry and commerce.

The Centre's approach will be founded on rigorous mathematical analysis in the context of collaboration with industry.

It will be jointly funded by the Scottish Funding Council.

Clinical imaging

Professor Mark Bradley of the School of Chemistry will lead a training centre in Optical Medical Imaging.

This will operate in conjunction with Edinburgh's College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, the Business School, and researchers at the University of Strathclyde.

The centre is jointly sponsored by the Scottish Funding Council and Medical Research Council.

This Centre will seek to give PhD students an entrepreneurial ethos and training in a clinically focussed setting.

Smart catalysts

Dr Jason Love and colleagues in the School of Chemistry will take part in the Centre for Doctoral Training in Critical Resource Catalysis, or CRITICAT, which is to be led by St Andrews, and involve researchers from Heriot-Watt University.

Some 70 students at the Critical Resource Catalysis centre will focus on developing catalysts to help enable a transition from fossil fuel-based products towards those with reduced energy demand, cost and environmental impact.

The centre is jointly sponsored by the Scottish Funding Council.

Sensing and measurement

Professor Ian Underwood from the University’s School of Engineering will join researchers from the School of Chemistry to take part in a Doctoral Training Centre in Integrative Sensing and Measurement, led by the University of Glasgow.

The Centre, which will work with a range of industrial, research and international partners, will seek to produce scientists and engineers highly skilled in a range of areas.

These will range from the fundamentals of sensing and measurement across all physical domains, through device fabrication and system integration to implementation in a range of practical applications.

The centre is jointly sponsored by the Scottish Funding Council.

The new CDTs are in addition to 91 Centres announced by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in November 2013 and January 2014.