Nottingham Trent University to support early career researchers through €6.5m initiative

Nottingham Trent University is to provide more opportunities for early career researchers as part of the University Alliance’s Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA).

It follows a €6.5m award to the University Alliance from the European Union and is aimed at doctoral students from across the EU and beyond.

The money will help to fund projects at 15 universities and will integrate the DTA’s three disciplinary areas, applied biosciences for health, energy and social policy.

Six new projects will be funded at Nottingham Trent University and will explore areas including preventing infections in an ageing population, hypoxia in neurodegenerative diseases and an investigation into social media use and addiction.

Professor Carl Brown, Head of Nottingham Trent University’s Doctoral School, said: “The university is excited to be part of this innovative programme. We look forward supporting and developing the PhD fellows that we recruit across all three key disciplinary areas.

“Our involvement in this initiative underlines NTU’s commitment to enabling discovery, driving innovation and changing the world through our research.”The DTA, which is the UK’s largest doctoral training programme of its kind, was launched in 2015 to create a new model closely aligned to industrial strategy and priority challenges, producing industry-ready graduates.

University Alliance Chair, Professor John Latham, said: “This major external funding award is a prestigious a stamp of approval for University Alliance’s Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) model and demonstrates its distinctiveness and strengths.

“The DTA programme responds to the needs of industry and the challenges facing society, training independent, highly-employable researchers with relevant skills and expertise to thrive in strategically important sectors.  The success of our proposal reflects that.

“As the DTA – the UK’s largest multi-institution partnership of its kind – goes from strength to strength, it is fantastic that this funding will enable the programme to attract talent from overseas and operate internationally. The opportunities being created will add to UK research and innovation ecosystem and help us stay competitive.”

Two of the current national Doctoral Training Alliance Directors at NTU, Professor Yvonne Barnett Senior Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) and Professor Amin Al-Habaibeh were academic leads on this successful application.

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