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£4m split with Queen’s University to train data storage experts

  • Queens University Belfast and the University of Glasgow have been awarded a £4 million grant to train the next generation of engineers and scientist in data storage.

    There is currently a shortage of doctoral level graduates to meet the demands of the industry despite how important data storage has become the information society. This new £4m grant from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is part of a wider £9.3 million investment and its key objective is to tackle new challenges presented by the increasing quantities of data generated by today’s society.

    The £4m has been granted to the EPSRC Centre for Doctorial Training (CDT), a partnership between Queens University Belfast and University of Glasgow. The CDT is currently training 50 scientists and engineers with plans for a further 50 enabled by this funding and with the support of industry partners.

    "This is an enormous achievement by the whole team involved in our CDT since 2014. We have fantastic cohorts of doctoral researchers engaged in world leading advanced materials and photonics research aligned to the real needs of our industry partners," commented, Professor Robert Bowman, Head of School at the School of Mathematics and Physics, Queens University Belfast.

    "The latest investment and particularly the links to our Science Foundation Ireland partner offers an even more stimulating and engaged doctoral environment to equip our students with the skills to make meaningful contribution in industry in the years ahead, which are increasingly defined by the integration of photonics for societal benefit," stated Professor Bowman.

    Source: Queens University Press Release

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