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LEC student awarded UKERC PhD studentship.

Alexandra Gormally, who completed an MSc in Environmental Science at LEC in 2008, has been awarded one of only five UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) interdisciplinary PhD studentships.

43 applications were submitted to the UKERC scheme that funds studentships undertaking energy research that crosses scientific, engineering and socio-economic boundaries.

A cross-disciplinary panel reviewed all the applications, inviting a small number to submit full applications from which five were finally selected.

UKERC Research Director Professor Jim Skea commented: "The standard of applicants this year has been good, with one of the most varied group of successful projects we have seen. Of prime importance for us was to see evidence of an interdisciplinary approach, which the successful candidates have certainly shown."

Alexandra will develop a methodology to collate, compare and integrate evidence on upland renewable energy, enabling local communities to make effective decisions on renewable developments by properly considering the key issues of resilience, acceptability and interleaving of renewable energy sources.

She will begin her PhD in October under the supervision of Duncan Whyatt, Colin Pooley and Sarah Watkins (Environment Agency).

UKERC press release can be viewed here.

Thu 27 August 2009