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Five Midland universities to share £20 million research windfall

Midland universities are sharing a £20 million windfall aimed at revolutionising research opportunities

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Midland universities are sharing a £20 million windfall aimed at revolutionising research opportunities.

The government cash is hoping to encourage talented students to take PhD courses in engineering and physical sciences, and boost the UK’s research into quantum technologies.

Officials believe it is crucial to helping the UK remain at the cutting edge of new technology.

Aston University will be receiving £778,552, University of Birmingham £5,755,880, University of Warwick £4,824,774, Loughborough University £3,779,368 and University of Nottingham £5,531,912.

Universities and science minister Jo Johnson said: “We are committed to securing the UK’s position as a world leader in science and innovation, and supporting the vital work of scientists in the Midlands is key to this. This £20.6 million of funding for five universities in the Midlands and Birmingham will enable them to take on more doctoral students to support their most promising research, leading to new discoveries and commercial partnerships.

“It will also give more students the chance to study at PhD level, boosting high-level skills in engineering and science and supporting jobs and growth.”

The money is part of a £204 million fund to train future science leaders and boost quantum research, and overall it is thought that an estimated 2,000 students will be able to start a PhD course over the next two years.

The National Quantum Technologies Programme funding is part of a government push to back research, with £6.9 billion being pledged towards science labs and equipment up to 2021.

The Government has also said it will protect the science budget at £4.7 billion per year in real terms for the rest of the parliament.

Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) are being awarded to 40 universities and will give around 2,000 students the opportunity of high-level study, nurturing scientific and engineering talent in the UK.

Professor Pam Thomas, pro vice- chancellor for research, said: “The Warwick DTP programme will deliver engineers and scientist’s in-depth, advanced research training as well as a broad understanding of their subject area.

The money is part of a £204 million “This will equip them to address important 21st century questions linked to the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council research areas with alignment to Warwick’s strategic priorities.”

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