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York to help train next generation of environmental scientists

Posted on 6 November 2013

Two partnerships involving the University of York have received a share of £100m funding from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) to train the next generation of environmental scientists.

The Science and Universities Minister David Willetts recently announced £100M funding for 15 doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).  York Chemistry are involved in two of these DTPs:

Leeds York NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) Site for PhD Training in Environmental Research– (SPHERES), in partnership with the University of Leeds

Adapting to the Challenges of a Changing Environment – (ACCE), a consortium formed by the Universities of York, Sheffield and Liverpool and NERC’s Centre for Ecology and Hydrology

These DTPs aim to equip the next generation of environmental scientists with the skills necessary to understand the complex interactions within the Earth system.  This enables them to contribute to the development of scientific and policy solutions to the problems we will face in the coming decades, on both national and global scales.  Both the DTPs aim to develop confident and multi-skilled postgraduate students who can relate the science they undertake to business, policy, public needs and society.  The training delivered through the partnerships will have an emphasis on generic skills such as entrepreneurship and commercialisation of research and will aim to address the environmental science skills gaps identified in NERC’s skills review 2012.

The announcement by NERC of new investments in PhD training will help our mission to deliver highly skilled scientists who can make significant contributions to society and the economy. Our atmospheric chemistry PhD students, for example, go on to have careers that improve public health, support international policy, and create new products and services in high value sectors such as sensors, high performance computing and fine chemicals.

Professor Alastair Lewis, Department of Chemistry

Science and Universities Minister 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.

Professor Brendan Keely, from the Department of Chemistry, said: “The ACCE DTP award to York and our partners enables us to train and develop the next generation of environmental scientists in a truly multidisciplinary environment encompassing chemistry, biology, ecology and archaeological sciences.  The training, which is supported by a range of partners from industry, public bodies and NGOs, will equip them to access a wide range of career options that are of direct benefit to society and the economy.”

NERC DTP Image 2

NERC DTP Image 2

Further information:

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Leeds York NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP)