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Our Centre for Doctoral Training launches at Salford

Feb 08, 2019

The Dean of Research introduces the launch event
The Dean of Research introduces the launch event

On Monday, we announced that the University had secured £5.3 million Engineering and Physical Sciences Research 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.  You can read more in our earlier article here.

Yesterday (8 Feb), around seventy colleagues came along to the Old Fire Station to hear more about the Centre and what it will mean for us.

Professor Karl Dayson, Dean of Research began by congratulating the team involved in the bid process, highlighting what a coup it was for the University, achieving success with one application. EPSRC funding was extremely hard to get and normally went to the traditional Russell Group universities who had the capacity to apply over and over again. The field was huge and very competitive and it was credit to our high regard, expert reputation and well-crafted submission that we had been successful

He added: "I received a call the other night from the Vice-Chancellor to tell me that Simon Nokes, Greater Manchester Policy business leader had rung especially to congratulate us and to emphasise that the CDT will play a central part of Greater Manchester’s economic development plans.”

Professor Malcolm Granat explained the application process in detail and that we aimed to train people to support the 100 million people who need prosthetics and orthotics, working equally with academic and around 27 industry partners to ensure the CDT met industry need. Now that more people of working age need artificial limbs, these need to be much more technologically advanced, so the work of our doctoral students will be vital.

Malcolm said: “The overall aim is to  build a world-leading engineering and physical science workforce to help ensure that ‘no-one is left behind’.”

Professor Chris Nester outlined how the doctoral programme would run. Students would study firstly at Salford for a while and then off to host institutions such as Strathclyde or Imperial and also on a regular basis with industry. The consortium has a real vision and commitment to grow the Centre and is planning a sustainable programme of growth and renewal.

Chris said: “By 2025, we hope to have had more than 80 PhD students enrolled.”

Watch Malcolm and Chris sum up why the CDT is so important.

Professors Malcolm Granat and Chris Nester at the CDT launch event from US News Channel videos on Vimeo.