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EPSRC Reference: EP/R513179/1
Title: DTP 2018-19 Univeristy of Bristol
Principal Investigator: Taylor, Professor PC
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Department: Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Organisation: University of Bristol
Scheme: Doctoral Training Partnership
Starts: 01 October 2018 Ends: 30 September 2023 Value (£): 7,472,731
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The DTP Strategy of the University of Bristol and fit with EPSRC Priorities

The University of Bristol is proud to work in partnership with the Engineering and Physical

Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) to offer a wide range of research opportunities to Doctoral Research Students and Early Career Researchers. The EPSRC DTP funding enables the

University to attract the next generation of talented PhD students and Early Career Researchers.

The University of Bristol research is aligned with EPSRC priorities, the Industrial Strategy Challenge fund and other key initiatives. Examples of strategic research areas include Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, Digital Creativity, Digital Health, Future Communications and Networks, Cyber Security, Nuclear and Composite Materials. We are committed to support these strategic areas, as well as other large grant applications, and couple this DTP-supported research with the support of new and established staff.

Management of the DTP

The Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) award for 2018/19 and 2019/20 will be managed day-today by the EPSRC DTP Management Group, with policy and oversight by a Strategic Management Group. It is designed to ensure that we have a responsive and agile mechanism to target specific opportunities in response to both funders' priorities and our own strategic ambitions in Science and Engineering.

We will continue to employ the Strategic Core Allocation (80% of the DTP award) to support, for example, new academic staff who are successful in their first grants. This portion of the DTP award will be allocated locally to Schools and Departments considering the quality of the student, supporting the research of new and early career staff, supporting successful EPSRC-funded research grants, and matching external funds, for example from industry.

Responding to drivers to enhance the value of EPSRC investment and its impact, we are committing to expand our collaborations in doctoral training to stimulate leverage of EPSRC funding. We are planning to allocate 10% of the DTP award in a new International and Industrial Leverage Allocation. We will target this portion of the DTP award to stimulate collaboration with Industry partners, partner Universities and other PhD stakeholders. It will also strengthen our responsiveness to Industrial Strategy and international Global Challenge Research Fund.

We will continue to use the facility of the Doctoral Prize Fellowship (10% of the DTP award). This will be used to support individual Early Career Researchers, directly after completion of their EPSRC-sponsored PhD, where there is potential for significant development and evolution of their PhD research. This specific partnership will provide a launchpad for talented individuals at the start of their academic careers, enable the University to open up new strategic areas, and inspire the cohort of DTP PhD students by providing opportunities for developing leaders.

Training and Support of Students

We are committed to creating and sustaining an excellent development and learning environment for our EPSRC DTP students. Our mechanisms for PhD programme quality assurance and monitoring of student progress will be used to support a process of continual development. We attribute the highest level of importance to the development of both the research and the generic professional skills of postgraduate students, to increase their effectiveness as researchers, and to underpin their future careers.

The Bristol Doctoral College (www.bristol.ac.uk/doctoral-college/) will work with Academic

Supervisors, central Professional Service divisions, and the Faculties and Schools across the University to deliver a comprehensive offering of training and development activities for all research students (www.bristol.ac.uk/doctoral-college/current-research-students/ppd/). The training will include specific modules to help our students to work effectively with all our stakeholders.

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