Energy and medical research training centres come to region

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FOUR new centres for postgraduate training in manufacturing, energy and cutting edge medical research are to be based at Yorkshire universities.

Today the Government revealed the locations of 19 new Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) across the country, the latest to be unveiled by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

The University of Sheffield will host two, in Advanced Metallic Systems and in Energy Storage, while the University of York will host a centre for training in the Science and Technology of Fusion Energy.

A £3.2m training centre in Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine and Innovation in Medical and Biological Engineering is to be based at Leeds University.

It will see researchers look into new treatments in areas such as cardiovascular medicine.

The new CDTs, announced by Universities and Science Minister David Willetts, will provide postgraduate training in a range of engineering and scientific fields important to the UK’s economy.

They follow 72 centres which were unveiled in November, with the new facilities funded by renegotiating contracts with universities and by financial support from partners in industry and academia.

Also being announced today was a £13m investment in a suite of national wind tunnel facilities across the UK.

Mr Willetts said: “The Government will be investing in a further 900 students through an additional 19 Centres for Doctoral Training, bringing our total investment in CDTs to £390m. 

“In addition, universities, industry and other charitable partners will be adding a further £174m to support the training of tomorrow’s scientists and engineers. The combined public and private investment amounts to £764m.”

Professor David Delpy, chief executive of the EPSRC, said: “The support of the academic and industrial communities has been tremendous and we would not have been able to fund these new centres without their cooperation.

“These new CDTs will provide training and advances in research in many areas of science and engineering including quantum technologies, manufacturing, robotics, energy and sustainability and brings the total number of centres funded in this round to 91.”