New London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership
Chaired by Mark Maslin
On November 5th, UCL and eight other leading London institutions announced the creation of a London NERC Doctoral Training Partnership (DTPs), which will train 120 new environmental scientists over the next five years.
The Minister for Universities and Science, David Willetts, has committed £100 million investment to 1,200 NERC PhD studentships across fifteen such partnerships in the UK. This will mean that, nationally, at least 240 new students will begin training every year for five years, with opportunities for co-funding from partners further boosting the numbers of studentships available.
The London Partnership brings together over 375 researchers working across most of the environmental sciences. It is a unique collaboration between UCL, Birkbeck University of London, Brunel University, Institute of Zoology, King’s College London, The Natural History Museum, Queen Mary University of London, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and Royal Holloway University of London.
The London DTP also includes strong links to businesses, policy-makers and public and third sector organisations, such as BHP Billiton, the Forestry Commission, Lloyds of London, Microsoft International and Ove Arup and Partners Ltd.
Professor Mark Maslin, of UCL Geography, Director of the London NERC DTP, said:
“This partnership represents a fantastic opportunity to build on the diverse strengths of our respective organisations, and provide research students with an unrivalled research environment, exceptional resources and access to first class training opportunities. It will also provide new opportunities for scientists at nine of the UK’s leading institutions to collaborate and deliver an ambitious programme in environmental research.”
The DTPs will offer training across the full range of NERC disciplines, enriching the student experience in multidisciplinary environments. Each DTP will also create an active community of students, able – and encouraged – to integrate work and learn together. As well as advanced research training, they will receive training in the essential professional and transferable skills needed in today’s society.