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EPSRC Reference: EP/N509437/1
Title: DTP 2016-2017 Brunel University
Principal Investigator: Bell, Mr A
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Department: Research Support and Development Office
Organisation: Brunel University London
Scheme: Doctoral Training Partnership
Starts: 01 October 2016 Ends: 30 September 2021 Value (£): 1,485,977
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Brunel University London has a well-founded reputation as a leader in research, consistently

offering "research and enterprise for the benefit of individual and society" since 1966 when

the University received its Royal Charter. Brunel University London is firmly within the top

quarter of research universities in the UK according to REF 2014. Our research in

engineering, design and physical sciences spans a variety of major fields from energy,

automotive, materials and manufacturing, as well as mathematical sciences and computing.

Our College of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences ranks amongst London's biggest

and best for the quality of its research. We are a leading expert in energy and food

sustainability-related research, with the EPSRC-funded National Centre for Sustainable

Energy Use in Food Chains developing energy-efficient manufacturing, distribution and retail


The Advanced Metal Casting Centre is being established on campus with funding from

HEFCE, in partnership with a number of industrial companies, led by Jaguar Land Rover, to

serve the automotive, aerospace and other engineering sectors as a national scale-up facility

to bridge the gap between fundamental, laboratory-scale research and full-scale industrial


The National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) based in Cambridge, also funded

by HEFCE, is a partnership between Brunel and internationally-renowned technology,

engineering and research organisation TWI, also supported by BP and the Lloyd's Register


Postgraduate research students are valued members of the University's research community

and make a significant contribution to the University's thriving research activities. The

importance of developing transferable skills during a research programme is well recognised

by research funders, employers and doctoral graduates. A doctoral qualification demonstrates

an exceptionally high level of academic achievement. However, to be effective as a doctoral

researcher and subsequently in a doctoral career (within or outside academia), postgraduate

researchers also need a broader range of professional (transferable) skills. Brunel offers a

variety of opportunities for postgraduate research students to develop their skills. Research

students are expected to take responsibility for shaping, managing and directing their research

training (taking advice from the supervisory team). The Brunel 3D Researcher Development

Tool has been developed by the University to provide a common framework to enable all

research students to reflect upon their training and development needs.

A number of EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) studentships are available to

support postgraduate research opportunities in engineering, design and physical sciences in

the Institute of Materials and Manufacturing (IMM) (for improving the performance of

materials and structures), Institute of Energy Futures (IEF) (for improving energy usage and

reducing greenhouse gas emissions), and the College of Engineering, Design and Physical

Sciences (CEDPS) (mathematical science, big data, autonomous systems and robotics, digital

technologies). We welcome applications for studentships in these areas. The DTP funding

will be used to match the industrial support of PhD studentships and to support PhD students

spending a period of time at an industrial company.

The DTP funding will be used strategically to consolidate the critical mass in areas of

intensive research activities and excellent infrastructure at Brunel, which are represented by

the research themes in the research institutes and the research clusters in the college. In

support of mathematical sciences and their application to engineering and physical sciences,

the DTP funding will be made available to newly-appointed academic staff in the Department

of Mathematical Sciences to support their first EPSRC grant.
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