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Eight new PhD training centres to boost UK's data science expertise

last modified Nov 01, 2017 04:07 PM
Data-intensive science in the UK has received a major boost thanks to an investment of almost £10 million to train the next generation of experts in this important research area. The constant advancement of computer technology has had a profound impact on science and industry, making possible some of the most important discoveries in recent years. Thanks to increasingly powerful technology, researchers can gather, store and utilise vast amounts of data – but to help to make sense of this data, many more expert data scientists are needed. Eight new centres will be based at 19 universities, including the University of Cambridge.

The UK’s Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is supporting eight new Centres for Doctoral Training (CDT) in data-intensive science to address this skills requirement.

The centres include industrial partners – including household names like Aviva, EDF Energy and Hewlett Packard – and will offer comprehensive training in data-intensive science through cutting-edge research projects and a targeted academic training programme. This will be complemented by secondments to national and international partners.

STFC’s Executive Director of Programmes Professor Grahame Blair said: “This investment will not only bring on the next generation of much-needed data scientists with the skills and knowledge to become leaders in the field, it will be crucial in ensuring the UK research sector and the UK economy remains competitive on the world stage.”

The eight new centres will be based at 19 universities – the Universities of Cambridge, Cardiff/Bristol/Swansea, Durham, Edinburgh/Glasgow/St Andrews, Liverpool/Liverpool John Moores, Manchester /Lancaster/Sheffield, Southampton/Sussex/Portsmouth/Queen Mary/Open and UCL.

The bulk of the funding comes from the £90million allocated for 1,000 new PhD places across all the UK’s Research Councils, announced in the 2017 Spring Budget as part of the National Productivity Investment Fund.

 

For further details, please see the source article here.

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