Public Release:  PhD training given £84 million boost -- Minister announces investment in doctoral training

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

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). This year's investment is the largest ever round of DTGs made by EPSRC, it includes £10 million for Doctoral Prizes and £1 million for Vacation Bursaries.

The announcement comes hard on the heels of last month's £350 million call for proposals for a new tranche of Centres for Doctoral Training. 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.

The grants allow institutions to be flexible in terms of student recruitment and retention, and enable them to vary the length of support (between three and four years) dependent on the project.

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

DTG mechanism allows universities to leverage funds, for example from industry, and potentially support higher numbers of students.

Universities will be able to take advantage of the enhanced flexibility of the DTG scheme to offer Doctoral Prizes to EPSRC-supported students so they can maximise the impact of their PhD. These prizes will also help to improve retention of the very best students in research careers.

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This year EPSRC has invested £10 million to help universities offer these awards as part of their doctoral support.

For further information please contact the EPSRC Press Office on 01793 444404 or email: pressoffice@epsrc.ac.uk

Notes to editors:

The 2013 DTG's have been awarded to the following 39 universities:

Cardiff University

Cranfield University

Durham University

Heriot-Watt University

Imperial College London

King's College London

Lancaster University

Loughborough University

Newcastle University

Queen Mary, University of London

Queen's University of Belfast

Royal Holloway, University of London

Swansea University

The University of Manchester

University College London

University of Bath

University of Birmingham

University of Bristol

University of Cambridge

University of Dundee

University of East Anglia

University of Edinburgh

University of Exeter

University of Glasgow

University of Kent

University of Leeds

University of Leicester

University of Liverpool

University of Nottingham

University of Oxford

University of Reading

University of Sheffield

University of Southampton

University of St Andrews

University of Strathclyde

University of Surrey

University of Sussex

University of Warwick

University of York

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the UK's main agency for funding research in engineering and the physical sciences. EPSRC invests around £800m a year in research and postgraduate training, to help the nation handle the next generation of technological change. The areas covered range from information technology to structural engineering, and mathematics to materials science. This research forms the basis for future economic development in the UK and improvements for everyone's health, lifestyle and culture. EPSRC works alongside other Research Councils with responsibility for other areas of research. The Research Councils work collectively on issues of common concern via Research Councils UK. http://www.epsrc.ac.uk

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