Swansea University receives share of £167 million investment in doctoral training

Universities and science minister, Jo Johnson, has today announced two major investments in science and engineering research totaling £204 million.

Swansea University is one of forty UK universities that will share £167 million that will support doctoral training over a two year period, while £37 million will be put into developing the graduate skills, specialist equipment and facilities that will put UK Quantum Technologies research at the forefront of the field.

Swansea University researcher The minister made the announcements during a visit to the University of Oxford where he met academics working in the Networked Quantum Information Technologies (NQIT) Quantum Technology Hub, which is led by Professor Ian Walmsley, one of four that form part of the £270 million UK National Quantum Technologies Programme.

The funds for doctoral training will come from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) which has changed how funding is allocated through its Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs).

The DTP funds will support students for the academic years beginning October 2016 and 2017. The changes have been made to give institutions greater certainty and increased time to plan their DTP programmes.

‌The Quantum Technologies funding is split between three Quantum Training & Skills Hubs in Quantum Systems Engineering, and seven strategic capital investment packages. The Hubs will receive £12 million and £25 million will be allocated via capital.

Universities and science minister, Jo Johnson, said: “We are committed to securing the UK’s position as a world leader in science and innovation, and supporting the vital work of scientists in Swansea University is key to this. This £1,300,216 of funding for Swansea will enable them to take on more Doctoral students to support their most promising research, leading to new discoveries and commercial partnerships. It will also give more students the chance to study at PhD level, boosting high level skills and supporting jobs and growth.”

Professor Steve Wilks, Swansea University pro-vice-chancellor, added: “The announcement that Swansea University will have access to EPSRC doctoral training partnership funding is excellent news and a reflection of our top 30 research status within the UK sector. This funding will allow us to train and invest in the next generation of researchers in pioneering fields as diverse as antimatter and quantum technologies in healthcare, through to the design of the Bloodhound supersonic car and photovoltaic devices.”

The funding is a part of the Government’s ongoing commitment to UK science, with a record £6.9 billion invested in science labs and equipment up to 2021, and protection of the science budget at £4.7 billion per year in real terms for the rest of the parliament.