Monday, November 25, 2013

News: AMRC to double number of doctorate opportunities

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The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing has secured additional funding to double the number of students it takes each year to its Industrial Doctorate Centre (IDC) in Machining Science.

Based on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham, the AMRC is a world class centre for advanced machining and materials research for aerospace and other high-value manufacturing sectors. The IDC provides the opportunity for engineering graduates to undertake a fully funded four-year EngD programme that combines taught modules with original research that addresses real business problems posed by the industrial sponsors.

Launched in 2011, five students a year have been on the PhD-equivalent programme, working on behalf of AMRC partners including Boeing, Rolls-Royce, Sandvik Coromant, Messier-Bugatti-Dowty and Technicut. Now the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has announced that it is targeting £350m in postgraduate training in engineering and physical sciences, enabling the AMRC to take on ten graduates from autumn 2015.

Andrea Haworth, centre manager of the IDC in Machining Science, said: "This additional funding recognises the fundamental importance of machining science research to the UK economy. It is also a strong endorsement of the effort put into building the centre by staff, research students and, of course, the industry sponsors who make a substantial commitment to each project.

"Increasing the capacity of the IDC means we can help even more companies drive research that will bring real benefits to their business, and give more graduates a flying start into a professional career as a research engineer."

Science Minister David Willetts, added: "Scientists and engineers are vital to our economy and society. It is their talent and imagination, as well as their knowledge and skills, that inspire innovation and drive growth across a range of sectors, from manufacturing to financial services.

I am particularly pleased to see strong partnerships between universities, industry and business among the new centres announced today. This type of collaboration is a key element of our industrial strategy and will continue to keep us at the forefront of the global science race."

The University of Sheffield also received additional funding to launch two new centres: the Tribology CDT, based in the Department for Mechanical Engineering, with close links to the Leonardo Centre for Tribology; and a new CDT for Polymers, Soft Matter and Colloids, based in the Department of Chemistry.

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