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Funding boost to train postgraduate students

Posted on 10 October 2018

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

The funding will support 22 new PhD students a year

The funding will support 14 new PhD students a year for the next five years in ecology, evolution and conservation as part of the Adapting to the Challenges of Changing Environment (ACCE) Doctoral Training Programme (DTP), and 13 studentships a year as part of the PANORAMA programme.

Bringing together the academic strengths of the Universities of Liverpool, Sheffield and York, the ACCE programme also benefits from the unique scientific expertise and resources of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the Natural History Museum. 

The PANORAMA DTP is a joint programme between the Wolfson Labs in Chemistry at the University of York, the University of Leeds and the University of Hull.

Competitive process

The multidisciplinary programme aims to develop confident and multi-skilled PhD students capable of undertaking cutting-edge research and tackling environmental biology questions of global significance.

The 2018 DTP call was an open and competitive process that identified 17 DTPs to host PhD studentships funded by NERC. Each DTP was assessed on the basis of excellence through a transparent, peer-reviewed application process.

The programme will benefit postgraduate students applying to the University's Department of Biology, Environment and Geography, Chemistry and Archaeology.