New support to train the next generation of environmental researchers

Posted by pt91 at Nov 05, 2013 03:58 PM |
Leicester to benefit from £100 million national windfall for postgraduate training
New support to train the next generation of environmental researchers

Satellite imagery by our Earth Observation Science researchers. Credit: MERIS data @ ESA, and University of Leicester.

Doctoral studies at Leicester are to benefit from a share of £100 million announced by Science and Universities minister David Willetts for new NERC investment in fifteen Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs), which specialise in training environmental science PhD students.

The DTPs will support 1200 PhD students across the fifteen partnerships. This means at least 240 new students will begin training every year for five years

The University will play a key part in the new programme and is one of seven partners of the Central England NERC Training Alliance (CENTA), led by the University of Birmingham. Leicester has expertise in a number of areas where the CENTA partnership has particular research strength, and the support from NERC will allow more students to take up opportunities of researching these environmental issues.

The funding will be used to support a broad range of subjects across environmental sciences and several of our departments are expected to be involved in the programme, including Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, Geography, Geology, Physics and Astronomy.