£3.7 million for Britain’s future
18 February 2009
£3.7 million has been awarded to Bristol University to train Britain’s future scientists and engineers. The announcement was made by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) - the UK funding body for science and engineering.
The £82 million Doctoral Training Grants (DTGs) have been awarded to 45 universities and higher education institutions and will generate over 1,200 PhD students.
Professor David Delpy, Chief Executive of EPSRC, said: “People are at the heart of what we do. These grants mark a significant investment in talented future PhD students who will help drive forward the UK’s economy.”
Professor Eric Thomas, the University’s Vice-Chancellor, added: “This is wonderful news. It confirms Bristol will shape the future of many of the next generation's leading innovators."
Universities have a target of using 10 per cent of their 2009 DTG funding for industry related training to broaden the student experience.
The DTGs 2009-10 are part of the EPSRC's broader commitment to excellence in Britain’s post graduate research.
In December 2008 the EPSRC announced a £250 million spend on new style doctoral training centres - the largest single investment in UK postgraduate science and engineering training and research.
It is estimated that 50 per cent of EPSRC funded PhD students go on to get jobs outside of academia, in industry and the wider UK economy.