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EP/I036494/1 - The Network for the Centres of Doctoral Training (CDTs) in Energy

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Professor C Snape EP/I036494/1 - The Network for the Centres of Doctoral Training (CDTs) in Energy

Principal Investigator - Division of Energy and Sustainability, University of Nottingham

Other Investigators

Professor P Williams, Co InvestigatorProfessor P Williams

Scheme

Network

Research Areas

Bioenergy Bioenergy

Carbon Capture and Storage Carbon Capture and Storage

Energy Efficiency (End use Energy Demand) Energy Efficiency (End use Energy Demand)

Energy Networks Energy Networks

Energy Storage Energy Storage

Fuel Cell Technology Fuel Cell Technology

Marine Wave and Tidal Marine Wave and Tidal

Nuclear Fission Nuclear Fission

Whole Energy Systems Whole Energy Systems

Wind Power Wind Power

Start Date

11/2011

End Date

10/2014

Value

£174,749

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Grant Description

Summary and Description of the grant

In 2009 the RCUK energy programme invested ca. £60M in energy doctoral training by establishing 12 Energy Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs). This is a major investment in the education of over 600 young people and, collectively, it has put the UK in a strong position internationally in having an innovative and coordinated programme to provide the highly trained personnel to drive the low carbon economy. These Centres now form a significant component of the RCUK Energy Programme. The vision for the proposed Network is to capitalise upon this investment and maximise value in support of EPSRC's three clear goals: Delivering Impact, Shaping Capability and Developing Leaders. The Network will also provide a mechanism to integrate the energy CDTs with other components of the RCUK energy programme, in particular the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC).
The aim of the proposed Network is to maximise the quality and benefits of the training programmes through coordinated activities. Further, it will collectively raise the external profile of the CDTs, both with industry and internationally in a manner which is supportive of the RCUK energy brand. The proposed Network will provide added value by achieving the following objectives:
(i) Effective coordination of training activities across the CDTs through a number of measures including common training and summer schools;
(ii) Maximising the impact of local, school and public engagement activities already planned or delivered by the CDTs through the sharing of best practice, quality materials and by collaborating at high profile events.
(iii) Coordination of the 12 CDT Directors, providing a forum to shape grand challenges in energy research and to discuss key issues such as the development of future energy research leaders and the progress of the CDTs.
(iv) Maximising the impact and value of existing industrial engagement in the energy CDTs, ensuring that UK industry understands the CDT model, knowledge exchange andthe international programme for the promotion of the CDTs model.

Through coordination it is our aim that the network will maximise the value and impact made by the RCUKs investment in these Centres. A key role of the Network will be to stimulate collaboration between the Centres both in terms of taught activities where we plan to promote the sharing of resources and opportunities for joint student teaching but more importantly in research. We hope to promote centre research collaboration and joint cross-centre supervision of students. Our planned Grand Challenge Sandpits are designed to bring the academic expertise residing in the different Centres together so students at different Centres can work together on large Grand Challenge projects which will make significant impact when all the research findings are pulled together. The Network, through the stimulation of cross-Centre collaborations will help to maximise the value for the UK from the investment it has made in these Centres.

The relationships between the Centre Directors and Centre Managers that are put in place through the activities of the Network should ensure that the cooperation and close working across the Centres continues beyond the lifetime of the Network Grant.

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Grant Event Details:
Name: The Network for the Centres of Doctoral Training (CDTs) in Energy - EP/I036494/1
Start Date: 2011-11-01T00:00:00+00:00
End Date: 2014-10-31T00:00:00+00:00

Organization: University of Nottingham

Description: In 2009 the RCUK energy programme invested ca. £60M in energy doctoral training by establishing 12 Energy Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs). This is a major investment in the education of over 600 young people and, collectively, it has put the UK in a ...