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EPSRC Reference: EP/R513349/1
Title: DTP 2018-19 University of Strathclyde
Principal Investigator: McKenna, Professor P
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Department: Research and Knowledge Exchange Services
Organisation: University of Strathclyde
Scheme: Doctoral Training Partnership
Starts: 01 October 2018 Ends: 30 September 2023 Value (£): 4,802,618
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The University of Strathclyde is a research-intensive International Technological University, with a vibrant postgraduate researcher population of 1758. Given our strengths in engineering, science, and business, our single largest research funder is the EPSRC, and the University is awarded an EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) grant on an annual basis. Through a blend of EPSRC DTP support, institutional assets, and external collaboration, the University optimises our DTP grant to develop a cohort of talented postgraduate researchers capable of contributing to the cutting-edge and world-leading research required to tackle the global challenges facing society.

Through our institutional culture of external collaboration and knowledge exchange, our DTP projects are not only strongly aligned to the University's and EPSRC's priority research themes, but also have elevated levels of industrial relevance and alignment. This collaborative approach enables Strathclyde to build on the EPSRC DTP, maximising student numbers and providing a research environment which equips our PG researchers with the knowledge, training, and experiences needed to succeed in the global research arena.

The University operates a strategic approach to the EPSRC DTP, combining the EPSRC DTP grant with institutional funds and external contributions under the Strathclyde Research Studentship Scheme (SRSS). Through this approach we optimise available PGR positions whilst enhancing the industrial and business connectivity, and impact arising from our research. On an annual basis, an average of 36 students and an array of companies (from SMEs to large multinationals) benefit directly from DTP funding through the SRSS.

As one of the UK's top 20 universities for research intensity, and in support of our ambitious and escalating research portfolio, Strathclyde is committed to the development of research and researchers of the highest quality. In line with this, the University strives to recruit excellent students, and supports their development through a dedicated researcher development programme. As part of this training, SRSS students, alongside all Strathclyde-based PhD students, are auto-enrolled on the Postgraduate Certificate in Researcher Professional Development (PG Cert RPD): the first UK academic award of its kind to recognise and reward the wide array of skills that students acquire during their doctoral training.

The SRSS is a competitive fund available to all relevant Strathclyde academic Departments; within the Engineering Faculty: Mechanical & Aerospace, Civil & Environmental, Biomedical, Chemical and Process, Naval Architecture, Ocean & Marine, Electronic & Electrical Engineering, Design Manufacture & Engineering Management, and Architecture; and within the Science Faculty: Physics, Computer & Information Sciences, Mathematics & Statistics, the Institute of Photonics, Pure & Applied Chemistry, and the Strathclyde Institute of Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences. It should be noted that the SRSS also provides PG students with funding to attend national and international conferences.

The SRSS is launched in October each year for studentships starting the following October. Extensive guidance documents are provided to inform both academics and students of the funding avenues available, which encompass both Student Excellence and Research Project Excellence criteria. All students interested in PhD research are invited to contact the relevant Department to discuss their research ideas and to identify a supervisor to make an application on their behalf. In addition to this, direct project applications of strategic research alignment constitute the other main application pathway. DTP-supported and all additional funded projects are advertised from December.

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