Yorkshire shares in £350m for university sciences

Universities in Yorkshire are to benefit from £350m funding announced nationally for post-graduate work in engineering and science.

The cash is to go towards 70 training centres for students to gain a PhD alongside the work-based skills and knowledge needed in these key industries seen as vital for economic growth.

The Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) will be set up at 24 universities, including Leeds, Sheffield and York.

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At the University of Sheffield, a slice of the funding will be used to train postgraduate students at two new CDTs with renewed funding for its machining science CDT collaboration between the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) with Boeing and the Faculty of Engineering.

Students at the new centres will work in the areas of integrated tribology, and polymers, soft matter and colloids, on four-year training programmes.

Professor Rob Dwyer-Joyce, head of the Department for Mechanical Engineering, Director of the Leonardo Centre for Tribology, and the lead academic for the new Tribology CDT, said: “We are delighted with this award and the recognition it brings to our discipline. Tribology is central to the way our machines function, and yet so few people know what it is – and even less are skilled in its application.”

The money has been allocated by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

A collaboration led by the University of York is to receive funding to train the next generation of researchers, designers, developers and entrepreneurs of digital games.

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence (IGGI) is a collaboration between the Universities of York and Essex, Goldsmiths College, University of London and 60 representatives from the world-leading UK games industry, networks and user groups.

Leeds University will open centres in both bioenergy and fluid dynamics.

Prof David Hogg, the university’s pro-vice-chancellor for research and innovation said: “Investing in the training of young researchers in engineering and physical sciences is of vital importance for the university and its industry partners.”