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UCL SECReT works with partners from across the crime and security spectrum in order to produce genuinely impactful PhD research. Our partners help us to increase the capacity of the centre by funding or part-funding students onto the programme. In this way partners have more direct control over the student's research, but at the same time benefit from the excellent research and teaching environment provided by UCL SECReT. There are 3 principle mechanisms by which a partner can fund a student - full funding, part-funding or through an EPSRC Industrial CASE award.

By fully funding a student onto the programme, the organisation retains maximum control over the project and over any intellectual property developed during the project. 

The cost of funding a PhD researcher through the four-year SECReT programme is broken up as below: 

Living expenses (£) (stipend) 17,090 17,090 17,090 17,090  
University PhD fees (£) - UK residents 4,400 4,400 4,400 4,400  
Basic project costs (£) 3,000 3,000 3,000 3,000  
TOTAL: 24,490 24,490 24,490 24,490 97,960

Some organisations opt to give up a certain degree of control over the project and provide part-funding for the PhD researcher.

The balance of the funding is provided by UCL SECReT (or other sources of funding if available). 

A number of sources can be applied to, such as:

UCL Impact Award - the partner would provide a minimum of £32k for 3 year phd or £55k for a 4 year studentship

UCL CASE Award - the partner would provide a minimum of £32k for a 4 year studentship

UCL DEANS Award - the partner would provide a minimum of £80k for a 4 year studentship

NOTE:  All of these are competitive sources of funding so we would work with the partner to submit a proposal. 

SECReT works with a number of organisations from the public and private sector who have funded students onto our programme, or otherwise provided tangible support such as data or equipment, including organisations such as RAPISCAN Systems, Selex Galileo, the El-Masry Foundation, the Home Office, a range of UK policing agencies, Cranfield Defence Academy and many others. These students are working on problems of direct interest to the organisations in question, delivering not only leading research but also learning the valuable skills that will turn them into future leaders, often within those organisations.

To see examples of SECReT students working with a range of partners on real world problems including radicalisation, cyber security, explosives, baggage  screening, forensic analysis and sex trafficking please click this link.