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The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has announced a new £8m training centre aimed at helping the oil and gas sector put environmental science at the heart of responsible management of the planet.
The new Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT), funded by NERC and led by Heriot-Watt University, will focus on creating a highly skilled workforce with expertise that can be used across the wider energy and environmental sectors, as well as on filling skills gaps in the oil and gas sector. This will equip the industry with the skills needed to reduce the environmental impact of oil and gas exploration and extraction.
The Centre consists of seven core partners (Heriot-Watt, Imperial College, Aberdeen, Oxford, Durham, and Manchester universities, and the British Geological Survey) and a further 12 associate partners (Birmingham, Camborne, Cardiff, Dundee, Glasgow, Keele, National Oceanographic Centre (NOC), Newcastle, Nottingham, Royal Holloway, Southampton & Strathclyde).
Training for PhDs recruited through the DTP will stem from four integrated research themes:
As administrative lead for the partnership, Heriot-Watt's Institute of Petroleum Engineering (Prof John Underhill) leads the training centre (http://www.pet.hw.ac.uk/).
The closing date for applications for Cardiff-based PhD studentships (starting Autumn 2014) is 10 January 2014. For more information and links to available projects, visit our post-graduate research pages: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/earth/postgraduate-research-phd/