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Exeter has received more than £1 million from the EPSRC for doctoral training

Exeter receives share of £84 million boost to PhD training

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is this year investing £84.2 million in postgraduate training through its annual Doctoral Training Grants (DTGs). The University of Exeter has received just over £1 million from this year’s grant.

Professor Nick Talbot Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Transfer) from the University of Exeter said: “The University is one of the region’s top centres for doctoral training in science, technology, engineering and maths subjects. The grant will enable us to continue to produce the talented scientists and engineers needed by the UK to fuel our economic recovery and build sustainable economic growth in the future.”

David Willetts, Minister for Universities and Science, said: “This significant investment underlines the UK’s commitment to top quality postgraduate research and training. It will drive growth and help secure our future as a leading science and engineering nation, with a wealth of skilled people able to tackle global challenges, from infrastructure planning to public health.”

Professor David Delpy, EPSRC Chief Executive said: “This year’s Doctoral Training Grants (DTGs) demonstrate our commitment to excellence in postgraduate research and training.  The grants will also complement the funding EPSRC is offering for Centres for Doctoral Training. This new investment provides universities with flexible funding to support doctoral students in their own priority areas.

“The grants will enable students to work with world-class research leaders, on innovative, excellent science and develop new technologies to tackle the many global challenges we face as well, as equipping them with the skills and knowledge to further their own career ambitions.”

The DTGs are awarded to universities for the provision of postgraduate study and are allocated each year on the basis of EPSRC research grant income.

This year 39 universities will benefit from the Doctoral Training Grants funding, which ranges from £287,000 to nearly £9 million. 

Date: 28 March 2013

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