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Second NEREIDs workshop on oil spill mitigation and marine pollution preparedness – 29 April 2014

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Solar forcing, cold winters, and the Little Ice Age

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Dr Rupert Perkins awarded NERC International Opportunities grant to study algae fundamental to reef-forming habitats

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Dr Stephen Barker awarded £500k NERC grant to study abrupt climate variability

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Cardiff named an associate partner in new NERC-funded Centre for Doctoral Training on Oil & Gas Research and the Environment

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School bid for NERC Doctoral Training Partnership is a success!

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Sir David Attenborough to lead off 2013–2014 commemorative Wallace Legacy Lecture Series – and an updated schedule of speakers!

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Cardiff EARTH in the Top 100 Earth & Marine Sciences programmes worldwide

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Cardiff EARTH has a YouTube Channel!

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New NERC-funded training centre: Oil and Gas Research and the Environment

09 Dec 2013

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:

  • Effective production of unconventional hydrocarbons
  • Extending the life of mature basins
  • Exploitation in challenging environments
  • Environmental impact and regulation

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/