Benefits to the research engineer
We are able to provide successful applicants that satisfy the EPSRC eligibility criteria with a generous scholarship package that includes:
- tuition fees paid
- an enhanced tax-free annual stipend of £19,277
- resources to support your training, development, UK travel and research
- a separate international travel budget for attendance for visits to overseas laboratories and attendance at international conferences is available
The centre has been successful in attracting significant funding from the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) to support our programme.
Benefits to the UK
Calls for change in doctoral training have come from a variety of sources. Professor Dame Julia Higgins, former chair of EPSRC, noted at a conference on the future for engineering education (18 September 2007), that engineers were increasingly being asked to make professional decisions that not only involved technical expertise, but were also sensitive to their cultural, environmental, societal or political context. The engineering graduate must be better equipped to take a leading role in identifying issues and designing solutions to local, national and global challenges affecting society and the world around us, without compromising their technical education.
The Royal Academy of Engineering (RAE) noted in March 2008 evidence to the House of Commons Select Committee on Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills that: “Although mathematics and science skills are essential for engineers, so is an appreciation for the social context of engineering and the users of an engineering product or system”.
Based on such evidence, the Centre has been designed to produce the new kind of engineer increasingly being demanded by employers, professional bodies, research councils and government. It goes without saying that these men and women will have the outstanding technical skills for which UK engineers have long earned global respect. However, they will also have be systematically prepared to work in multi-disciplinary teams, to function as effective members of complex organizations, to analyse the overall economic context of their projects and to be aware of the social, ethical and environmental implications of their design and construction decisions.