Of the seven centres for doctoral training led by UCL, three are based at UCL Engineering and will train the engineers of the future in medical imaging, integrated photonic and electronic systems, and bioprocessing.
Across the UK, 72 Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) will share a £350 million fund that will be used to train 3,500 post graduate students across 24 universities. Funding for the centres was announced today by Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts.
The funding, targeted at areas vital to economic growth, has been allocated by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
Science Minister David Willetts said: “Scientists and engineers are vital to our economy and society. It is their talent and imagination, as well as their knowledge and skills that inspire innovation and drive growth across a range of sectors, from manufacturing to financial services.
“I am particularly pleased to see strong partnerships between universities, industry and business among the new centres announced today. This type of collaboration is a key element of our industrial strategy and will continue to keep us at the forefront of the global science race.”
CDTs are funded for eight and a half years to train five cohorts of students in technical and transferrable skills, as well as a research element. The three UCL-led CDTs based in the Faculty of Engineering, and their Directors, are:
Director: Professor Gary Lye (UCL Biochemical Engineering)
Engineering the life sciences offers key opportunities for UK economic growth in biomanufacturing. This CDT addresses recognised skills shortages in this knowledge-intensive area, needed to develop cost-effective and sustainable bio-based manufacture. It will deliver the next generation of international leaders who can exploit the emerging opportunities in synthetic biology, such as redesigning cellular chemistry and gene expression, as well as novel biomanufacturing technologies. Our graduates will possess the systems-level, holistic vision necessary to design future biomanufacturing processes across the chemical, bio/pharmaceutical and regenerative medicine sectors.
Director: Professor Sebastien Ourselin (UCL Medical Physics & Bioengineering)
We will train the translational imaging research leaders of the future, filling a critical gap identified in academia, pharmaceutical and medical devices industries, while delivering internationally competitive research. Our innovative training has a strong focus on new image acquisition technologies, novel data analysis methods and integration with computational modelling. In partnership with our NIHR Biomedical Research Centres & Unit, PhD projects will be strongly multi-disciplinary, bridging the gap between engineering, clinical sciences and industry. Over 100 non-clinical and clinical scientists across UCL will partner to co-supervise diverse individuals, ready to transform healthcare and build the future UK industry in this area.
Director: Professor Alwyn Seeds (UCL Electronic & Electrical Engineering)
The CDT in Integrated Photonic and Electronic Systems aims to train researchers to lead a new generation of industries providing products and systems, based on the close and optimal integration of photonics with electronics. The Centre is a joint endeavour between Cambridge University and UCL bringing together world-leading research activities from groups in photonics, communications, electronic engineering, nanotechnology, physics, materials, computer science, manufacturing, biomedical engineering, biotechnology, civil engineering and chemical engineering with contributions from more than 35 collaborating companies to provide an outstanding training environment for its students.
UCL was also successful in the fields of science and engineering for art heritage, molecular models and materials, energy demand, and geometry and number theory. The 2013 CDT award continues our strong history of supporting these multidisciplinary centres.
Professor Anthony Finkelstein, Dean of UCL Engineering, said:
“The broad interdisciplinary base and significant existing strengths in the area of these awards make UCL Engineering an excellent home for these centres. We look forward to training a new generation of researchers, in partnership with our many industrial supporters, with a broad understanding of the context interdisciplinary problems require.”