‘Record’ boost to EPSRC doctoral grants

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is to invest a record amount of money into its doctoral training grants in 2012-13.

March 14, 2012

The £83 million investment, which will fund at least 1,180 students, was announced by David Willetts, the universities and science minister, at the Cambridge Science Festival.

Such studentships are normally distributed to 42 institutions according to their level of EPSRC grant income. They are distinct from studentships allocated to the Centres for Doctoral Training that the EPSRC has established in specific fields – as well as from the CaSE studentships for partnerships with industry.

Last year the EPSRC spent £76.5 million on doctoral training grants. Most of this year’s increase – £5 million – will be used to fund “doctoral prizes” to “maximise the impact” of PhDs and to help improve retention.

The EPSRC was heavily criticised in 2011 by some academics when it emerged that its scrapping of project studentships had led to 1,000 fewer research studentships being awarded overall in 2011-12.

The research council estimates that it will fund a total of 1,900 PhD students in 2012-13, compared with 2,900 in 2010-11.

Its total spending on PhDs will be £137 million in 2012-13, up from £133 million in 2011-12.

Mr Willetts said: “Quality in postgraduate training is paramount. Doctoral training grants are a key investment for creating the visionary thinkers and inspirational leaders of tomorrow.”

paul.jump@tsleducation.com

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Assistant Recruitment - Human Resources Office

University Of Nottingham Ningbo China

Outreach Officer

Gsm London

Professorship in Geomatics

Norwegian University Of Science & Technology -ntnu

Professor of European History

Newcastle University

Head of Department

University Of Chichester
See all jobs

Most Commented

men in office with feet on desk. Vintage

Three-quarters of respondents are dissatisfied with the people running their institutions

A face made of numbers looks over a university campus

From personalising tuition to performance management, the use of data is increasingly driving how institutions operate

students use laptops

Researchers say students who use computers score half a grade lower than those who write notes

Canal houses, Amsterdam, Netherlands

All three of England’s for-profit universities owned in Netherlands

As the country succeeds in attracting even more students from overseas, a mixture of demographics, ‘soft power’ concerns and local politics help explain its policy