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London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership has been funded

Posted on 05/11/2013

New London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership announced

King's College London and eight other leading London institutions have today announced the creation of a new London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership, which will specialise in training the next generation of environmental scientists to PhD level.

The London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership brings together over 375 academics working across most areas of the environmental sciences.  It is a unique collaboration between King’s College London, UCL, Birkbeck University of London, Brunel University, Institute of Zoology, The Natural History Museum, Queen Mary University of London, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Royal Holloway University of London.

The London DTP also includes strong links to businesses, policy-makers, public and third sector organisations, such as BHP Billiton, Forestry Commission, Lloyds of London, Microsoft International and Ove Arup and Partners Ltd.

The London Partnership is one of 15 Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) announced across the UK and funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), as revealed yesterday evening by the Minister for Universities and Science, the Rt. Hon. David Willetts. The £100 million total investment reflects NERC’s renewed commitment to postgraduate training and will support 1,200 PhD students across the fifteen partnerships announced. This will result in at least 240 new students beginning training every year for the next five years, with many partners co-funding to further boost the number of studentships available.

David Willetts, said: “This significant investment highlights the Government’s commitment to supporting postgraduate training and research in the environmental sciences. We're dedicated to providing the next generation of environmental researchers with the necessary skills and training to succeed in academia and industry.

"The strong support for this programme from a number of international partners such as BP, Microsoft and Arup is enormously encouraging. Not only will this initiative benefit students, UK research organisations, business, industry and the economy, it will keep us at the forefront of the global science race.”

Professor Martin Wooster of King's College London (Geography), who was involved in the successful bid to host the London NERC DTP, said: “The Doctoral Training Partnerships announced today by NERC represent a much more collaborative way of delivering research training to UK postgraduate students keen to make their careers in environmental science. In particular, it is designed to harness the multi-disciplinary nature of environmental science, allowing students to benefit from strengths in training, facilities and research that exist across multiple institutions. In the London NERC DTP we are using this opportunity to deliver a truly ambitious and very wide-ranging training programme, drawing on the unparalleled research expertise, facilities and teaching experience available across nine of the UK's leading academic/research institutions, all of which are based in and around London. The NERC London DTP will harness this exceptional capacity for multi-disciplinary training to educate hundreds of postgraduates over the next five years in the theory, practical skills and research techniques required to answer questions across a very wide range of environmental science, many of which are extremely relevant to the world around us. This will provide the UK with the next generation of environmental researchers, which is vital to keeping us at the forefront of this extremely important area of global science.

The DTPs will offer postgraduate studentships and training across the full range of NERC’s disciplines, and in multidisciplinary environments, helping to enrich the student experience. Each DTP will create a strong and active community of students that are able – and encouraged – to integrate, work, and learn together. These students will receive in-depth, advanced research training, as well as training in the professional and transferable skills essential in today’s economy.

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