80 new PhD studentships

The University of Southampton has been awarded funding for 80 new PhD studentships over the next five years as leader of the INSPIRE Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP), one of 17 announced by the UK's Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).  INSPIRE engages the University in partnership with the National Oceanography Centre, the Natural History Museum, the British Antarctic Survey and the Marine Biological Association. The partnership underpins the University's and the UK's world-leading profile within the global environmental science community.

The £6.99M awarded by NERC will focus on studentships in the University's Schools of Ocean and Earth Science, Biological Sciences, Engineering, Geography and Environmental Sciences, Physics and Astronomy, and Humanities. The success of Southampton's bid meant that the University was awarded an increased number of studentships against a backdrop of stiff competition for a shrinking resource.

Professor Tim Minshull from the School of Ocean and Earth Science, who led the INSPIRE bid, said 'This was a real team effort and I would like to thank the team of Professor Martin Palmer, Professor Paul Hughes and Dr Blair Thornton from the University, and Dr Adrian Martin from the National Oceanography Centre for their effort and commitment. The bid also built on the hard work of many other colleagues within the University and partner organisations who have run the successful SPITFIRE DTP on which this bid was built, and who guided the bid through internal review processes.

The full press release can be found at: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/news/2018/10/inspire-partnership-funding.page

The full list of awards is at: https://nerc.ukri.org/funding/available/postgrad/responsive/dtp/dtp2/