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Five Centres for Doctoral Training to be funded by the University of Warwick

· Five training centres for PhD students will be funded by the University of Warwick

· The centres will initially train cohorts across five areas totalling 46 PhDs studentships; 30 will be funded by the University with a further 16 being funded by industry and departments.

· The centres will be in Maths and Statistics, Diamond Science and Technology, Analytical Science, Future Mobility Technologies and Computer Science

· The centres are expected to train 5 cohorts each

Five Centres of Doctoral Training (CDTs) in maths and stats, diamond technology, analytical science, future mobility technologies and Computer Science will be funded by the University of Warwick in partnership with industry to keep investing in science and engineering.

These centres will sit alongside those recently funded by EPSRC and will continue to foster collaboration betweenThe Piazza at the University of Warwick. Credit:University of Warwick researchers and end users such as our industrial partners.

The centres, set within existing infrastructure will support areas of research excellence at Warwick and respond to the demand for highly skilled researchers, particularly in STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects.

The investment offers continued support for two existing centres in Analytical Sciences and the applications of Diamonds, both of which have strong industrial backing.

It will also establish three new centres: the CDT in the Frontiers of Mathematics and Statistics, which is part of the developing Graduate School in Mathematical Sciences; the CDT to Advance the Deployment of Future Mobility Technologies; the Computer Science Doctoral School. These centres will continue to enhance our training portfolio across Science and Engineering.

The cohort training model will allow students to tackle multidisciplinary research in these areas and the University will provide a robust development programme to ensure students develop the skills needed to succeed in their future careers.

The five new centres will all be taking PhD students starting in autumn 2019 with the expectation of running a total of 5 cohorts each.

The CDT at the Frontiers of Mathematics and Statistics will train 12 students. They will be tackling 21st century maths and stats challenges, including those imposed by the volume and complexity of modern data and communicating the need for applications in science and technology.

The CDT in Diamond Science and Technology will be an evolution of the centre originally funded by the EPSRC. Cohorts of 6 students will undertake four years of training alongside industry to make the University of Warwick the place to for exploitation and advancement of Diamonds in applied phototonics/optics, quantum engineering, hardware and software design and innovation, commercialisation and entrepreneurship.

The CDT in Analytical Science will build on Warwick’s significant investment in experimental facilities and industrial collaboration. Cohorts of 8 students will work with industry to identify new synergies between analytical science approaches and a range of application areas which span from chemistry of pharmaceuticals, agro-chemical and additives, to incorporate soft matter, energy and functional materials.

The CDT to Advance the Deployment of Future Mobility Technologies will see WMG and the School of Engineering jointly train cohorts of 10 students who will choose projects across two streams: Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) and Wide Bandgap Power Electronics (WBPE). The centre responds to the sectorial skills needs in these emerging areas and students will work closely with leading companies.

The Doctoral School in Computer Science will help maintain the department’s excellence in research and teaching, and develop further collaborations with industry. Computer science, including data science and artificial intelligence, feature strongly in the UK’s current science strategy, and the Doctoral School will help deliver towards all these research challenges.

Professor Pam Thomas, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research at the University of Warwick, comments:

“At Warwick, we are thoroughly committed to inspiring, training and educating the next generation of post-graduates across the full range of the sciences. We are very pleased to announce our five Warwick Centres and Schools for Doctoral Training alongside the EPSRC-funded CDTs in Mathematics for Real World Systems and Modelling of Heterogeneous Systems (HETSYS).

“Taken all together, these will sustain a vibrant and diverse range of doctoral research across our experimental, mathematical and theoretical sciences and continue to support our Research Communities in pursuit of Excellence with Purpose in our Research.”


26 FEBRUARY 2019


For further information please contact:

Alice Scott
Media Relations Manager – Science, University of Warwick
Tel: +44 (0) 2476 574 255 or +44 (0) 7920 531 221

For further information please contact:

Alice Scott
Media Relations Manager – Science, University of Warwick
Tel: +44 (0) 2476 574 255 or +44 (0) 7920 531 221