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University receives prestigious selection as Centre for Doctoral Training

Feb 28, 2019

Dear Colleagues,

Today I am delighted to tell you that the University has been successful in securing funding to become the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Prosthetics and Orthotics.

This is great news for the University and further reinforces our position as a national leader in Prosthetics and Orthotics research and one of the leading players globally.

Led by Professor Malcolm Granat, Professor Chris Nester and Dr Jane McAdam and supported by our Research and Knowledge Exchange team, Finance, and the Strategic Funding Committee, we are leading a consortium of partners that includes Imperial College London, the University of Strathclyde and the University of Southampton, as well as 25 global, clinical, industrial and charity partners.

As part of a national announcement today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), we have secured £5.3 million funding (of which Salford will receive £2.8 million) to establish the first Centre for Doctoral Training (CDT) in Prosthetics and Orthotics in the UK. Funding for the entire centre will be in excess of £11 million.

This is the first time the University of Salford has secured funds to lead a Centre for Doctoral Training. This is a major achievement for us, as only 31 universities were selected to lead the CDTs across the nation, the overwhelming majority of whom are traditional research-intensive institutions.

This success demonstrates the growing status of our best researchers and how the implementation of our Research Strategy is enhancing our reputation among other universities, industry partners and internationally.

Globally, the World Health Organisation estimates there are about 100 million people who need prosthetic or orthotic services and it is estimated that more than two billion people are expected to require health-related assisted devices by 2030. Salford will now be at the forefront of addressing this global health challenge, uniting our inquisitiveness with practical application.

Plans for the centre include:

  • Supporting a minimum of 58 Doctoral students whose postgraduate research will enable them to become highly skilled future leaders
  • Addressing both the national and global shortage of suitably skilled engineers and scientists to become future innovators in Prosthetics and Orthotics technologies
  • Developing a new model of Prosthetics and Orthotics research training that will result in Masters’ programmes operating across all partner Universities
  • Providing placement and employment opportunities for the Centre’s graduates to become regional, national and international experts

This great news is being shared widely today and we will give more details to you, as well as a regional, national and international audience, over the next few weeks and months. My thanks to Malcolm, Chris, Jane and colleagues, the wider consortium partners, and all the academics and professional services colleagues across the University that contributed to this success. We would like you all to share with your colleagues and friends this news to show how our University’s reputation is continuing to grow.

Thank you

Professor Karl Dayson

Dean of Research