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£2.9m awarded to Bristol EPSRC Centres for Doctoral Training

11 August 2014

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced £2.9 million funding for state-of-the-art equipment for eight doctoral training initiatives at Bristol.

This award builds on existing UK Research Council investment in 14 Bristol-led Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs), Industrial Doctorate Centres, and Doctoral Training Partnerships, and will provide Bristol’s postgraduate researchers with access to a range of cutting-edge equipment and instrumentation for their work at the forefront of research across a wide range of Science and Engineering fields.

The new, industry-standard facilities will be available both to EPSRC-funded students and those not based in a CDT, enabling better engagement with industrial partners and providing relevant specialist experience to appeal to employers.

Professor Mark Beach, CDT Manager at the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Future Communications 2, said: ‘At Bristol we offer our research students a rich mix of theoretical and experimental PhDs. This strategic equipment award will enrich our facilities across the eight EPSRC CDTs with state-of-the-art equipment aligned with the training needs for the next generation of innovators’. 

Further information

The eight centres receiving an EPSRC equipment award at Bristol are:

As partner in 20 UK Research Council-funded Centres and Partnerships, as well as three Wellcome Trust PhD programmes and more than 15 Marie Curie-funded Initial Training Networks, Bristol has one of the largest concentrations of funding and support for doctoral training in the UK.

For details of Bristol’s funded doctoral training initiatives, go to

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