New Centre for Doctoral Training in Statistics and Operational Research
This week the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) announced a new investment of £13 million to create three Centres for Doctoral Training at the universities of Lancaster, Cambridge and Warwick.
At Lancaster, this investment will be accompanied by substantial contributions from the university, business, industry and other organisations. The combined £6.7M award, joint between the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics and Management Science, builds on Lancaster's long-standing commitment to Statistics and Operational Research and its leading reputation in these fields. It is also testament to the success of recent initiatives such as the EPSRC Science and Innovation award in Operational Research (the LANCS Initiative) and the HEFCE-funded Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Postgraduate Statistics.
Industrial partners, including Unilever Research, Shell Research and other multinationals, will be involved at every stage in delivering the four-year PhDs, providing real-world projects and experience throughout the course. These links will help to produce a new generation of highly-employable researchers working in diverse fields, ranging from banking and manufacturing to aviation and energy.
The centre, led by Idris Eckley, Kevin Glazebrook and Jonathan Tawn, will train at least 40 students over seven years, and will admit the first of these in October 2010.
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