1 February 2018 15:35

Lancaster University is to receive more than £2.4m in funding to support the next generation of researchers.

The funding, through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Centre (EPSRC) and announced by Business Secretary Greg Clark, will support an estimated 35 PhD studentships on Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) mainly within Lancaster’s Faculty of Science and Technology.

A number of the PhDs will be within Lancaster’s multidisciplinary research centres including the Data Science Institute, the Material Science Institute, Security Lancaster and Lancaster University Management School.

Professor Stephen Decent, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Excellence at Lancaster University, welcomed the award.

He said: "This funding enables Lancaster University to recruit talented postgraduate research students and to deliver excellent training to them that is aligned to our research excellence and the skills needs of the UK economy. Our graduates go into high quality jobs around the world and drive research and innovation, including in the North West and aligned to the Northern Powerhouse."

The studentships of three to four years will help support PhD research training over two annual cohorts.

The DTP funds will support students for the academic years beginning 2018 and 2019.

Lancaster’s DTP funding forms part of a major investment in science and engineering research totalling £184 million to be allocated over two years at 41 UK universities.

Business Secretary Greg Clark said: “Doctoral Training Partnerships have an excellent record of providing universities with funding that supports doctoral students as they undertake ground-breaking research.”

EPSRC’s Chief Executive, Professor Philip Nelson, said: “This year we are allocating £184 million to universities via Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs). These will cover a two year period, giving institutions certainty and time to plan their DTP programmes, and support excellent doctoral students.

“The DTPs have produced some outstanding examples of new thinking and helped further the careers of a new generation of researchers who will be the leaders of the future."