Professor Andrew Tyler, Associate Dean for Research and Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Natural Sciences, welcomed the announcement. He said: “These awards for IAPETUS and SUPER recognise and support excellence in postgraduate research within each of the consortiums’ universities.
“The award enables each consortium to work more effectively together, providing new and relevant collaborative interdisciplinary postgraduate research opportunities that address the key environmental challenges facing society today at home and internationally, whilst also training our future leaders in science.”
Professor David Paterson, Executive Director of MASTS and leader of the SUPER bid, said: “This support from NERC is fantastic news, not only recognising the excellent training environment that Scotland can offer but it arrives at a critical time to support efforts to respond to the environmental challenges highlighted in the recent IPCC Climate Change report.
“We are looking forward to placing our best students in a position to learn and then develop the tools to understand and better manage ecosystems sustainably.”
NERC DTPs provide excellent postgraduate research opportunities as well as varied, professional and technical skills and personal development training. This round of funding – totalling more than £100million – will support 17 DTPs, with each allocated between 12 and 18 studentships per year.