Durham wins £5million to train environmental and earth scientists

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DURHAM University has landed a share of £5million to train the next generation of environmental and earth scientists.

A joint venture between the universities of Durham, Glasgow, Newcastle, St Andrews and Stirling, together with the British Geological Survey and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, will share the cash to fund more than 60 PhD scholarships over the next five years.

The Iapetus partnership – named after the ancient ocean that closed to bring together Northern England and Scotland – is funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).

The announcement follows Durham’s recent success in securing a share of £11.2million to fund early career researchers in arts and humanities and further consolidates Durham’s position as a leading research-intensive university.

Professor Danny Donoghue, academic lead for Iapetus at Durham University, said: “The shared expertise, resources and facilities that will be offered through the Iapetus and our breadth of disciplines means that our doctoral training partnership is considerably greater than the sum of its parts, and we welcome this exciting opportunity to support excellence in training the next generation of environmental and earth scientists.”

We are committed to recruiting and supporting the very best postgraduate students to Iapetus, who we expect to produce ground-breaking science and make a real impact in their future careers.”