Ninth EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training funded

26 March 2009

A new Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Energy Demand Reduction & the Built Environment – a collaboration between the UCL Energy Institute and Loughborough University (LU) – has been funded by the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (ESPRC).

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The centre will receive £5.8 million over the next eight years to support 40 students through a four-year doctorate programme in energy-demand reduction in buildings. A further 40 students will be supported from the partner universities’ own funds. The strategic aim is to educate the next generation of highly skilled and broadly based energy researchers to lead and support the complex, multidisciplinary task of driving down energy demand and CO2 emissions from the UK building stock. The new CDT will be the premier centre for such leadership training in the UK.

This award brings UCL’s number of CDTs to nine, with a total of 390 PhD places.

In December 2008, new CDTs were funded in Financial Computing (UCL Computer Science), Security Science (UCL Centre for Crime & Security Science) and Photonic Systems Development (UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering in partnership with Cambridge University), and funding was renewed for Virtual Environments, Imaging & Visualisation (UCL Computer Science and UCL Bartlett School), Molecular Modelling & Materials Science (UCL Chemistry), Urban Sustainability & Resilience (UCL Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering and UCL Bartlett School) and Bioprocess Engineering Leadership (UCL Biochemical Engineering). Funding for CoMPLEX, UCL’s CDT in Life Sciences, was renewed in 2007.

These centres provide students with technical depth and management-skill breadth so they can work in teams on large-scale projects and/or issues. They achieve this by undertaking a challenging and original research project at PhD level as well as a formal programme of taught coursework to develop and enhance their technical interdisciplinary knowledge and collaboration skills.

The first intake of CDT in Energy Demand Reduction & the Built Environment doctorate students will join in October 2009.

The UCL Energy Institute is the mechanism to bring together a wide range of perspectives, understandings and procedures in energy research, transcending the boundaries between academic disciplines. It brings together multidisciplinary teams, providing critical mass and capacity for large projects. In particular, the UCL Energy Institute develops and undertakes research in the area of energy-demand reduction, to improve energy security and facilitate a transition to a low-carbon economy.

To find out more, use the links at the top of this article or contact Penelope Vlandas, UCL Energy Institute Manager: +44 (0)20 7679 2942 (internal x32942).

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